Food Saver Series: Onions

Drying onions and making onion powder.

Food Saver Series: Onions, drying onions, homemade onion powder, saving onions

Food Saver Series: Onions

The only thing hard about drying onions is cutting them.

If you have ever cut an onion, you know that it can make you weepy in a hurry. My advice, use a fan to blow fresh air into the area you are working in, directed right at you. I did hear that breathing thru your mouth helped. I did try it and it helped a bit, but I still felt the irritation.

I did want to mention that you can also freeze onions, by cutting them and placing them on a lined cookie sheet and popping them into the freezer. I don’t do this. I probably should, I have heard that it does saves time. When I am cooking though, it is a bit of ‘me time’. And so, I don’t worry about it and just chop them as needed.

Anyway – on to drying onions!

Drying Onions:

To dry onions you peel the onions, then cut them into even slices, usually 1/4 – 1/2 inch. Pull the rings apart and place them on the dehydrator rack. They will take up to 8 hours to dry. When dry they will be hard and a bit fragile.

To make onion powder:

To make onion powder you take the onions that you just dried and put them in a food processor. Process them till you reach the consistency that you want. I don’t like to make ours into a full powder, so I stop when it’s just finely ground.

I hope you have a great day!


Check back next Friday when I talk about how to dry and powder tomatoes!

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