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How to make onion powder at home using a dehydrator, oven, or an air-drying method.
Not only is this a great way to preserve onions, but the resulting dehydrated onion powder can be used in various ways!
It’s no secret that we enjoy dehydrating things. It is an excellent method for preserving a wide range of foods! Onions are no exception.
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When we have an abundance of onions, we always make some into powder for long-term storage. To be honest, I think onion powder is my favorite of all our homemade seasonings.
What are the three different types of onions used in cooking?
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Here’s what you need to know about the three most common types of onions.
- White Onion. These are usually the mildest of the onion varieties, so we like to use white onions in salads and on sandwiches.
- Yellow Onion. You don’t want to eat a raw yellow onion.
- Red Onion. Sweetness is the red onion’s greatest strength.
Onion powder made from scratch
Powder onion is one of my go-to low-effort food seasonings for days when I don’t feel like chopping onions.
Not to mention that it is tear-free, and homemade versions will avoid any harmful additives found in store-bought alternatives.
Furthermore, homemade onion powder is an excellent way to preserve large quantities of homegrown (or store-bought) onions, and it is less expensive, tastier, and contains no preservatives, fillers, or anti-caking agents!
Recipe for Homemade Onion Powder
Well, I’m happy to report that this onion powder recipe only requires one ingredient: onions!
Unlike store-bought onion powder, you know that your homemade onion powder contains only fresh onions.
In this recipe, I used red onions, but you could use any type of onion.
Onion powder contains no hidden ingredients. You only need a few fresh onions.
- Begin by peeling your onions and finely chopping them with a sharp chef’s knife.
- Spread the onion slices on a baking sheet and then, bake at 150°F or dehydrate in a food dehydrator until dry.
- When the onions are done, you should be able to easily crumble the chopped pieces in your hand.
- After that, allow the dried onions to cool before pulverizing them.
- They’re simple to grind with a coffee grinder, spice mill, food processor, or mortar and pestle.
- Lastly, continue to grind the mixture until it reaches the desired consistency.
Onion Preservation ~ How to Store
The onion powder should be kept in an airtight spice jar in a cool, dry place, such as a kitchen cupboard.
This powder can be kept indefinitely if properly stored, though the flavor will begin to fade after about a year.
To avoid clumping, shake the jars for the first few days after dehydration to break up any errant clumps, and optionally place some uncooked rice or beans in the jar to absorb any extra moisture.
How to Use Onion Powder
You can now use your homemade onion powder in place of store-bought onion powder. Some of our favorite applications include:
- Seasoning for chicken, beef, or a roast
- Mix into broth or soups for added flavor
- Stir into sour cream or cream cheese with dill and a little salt for a delicious veggie dip
- Make your own homemade spice blends
Uses for Onion Juice
Onion juice can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. You can marinate the steak in it, drizzle it on potatoes, add it to soups or dips, or simply add the juice to any food to add a little onion flavor.
But onion juice uses isn’t just for eating… Wait for it…it can be used to care for your hair! Yes, you read that right.
So, gather your onions and prepare your onion powder and onion juice for all of their applications!
Onion powder for hair growth
- To begin, mix 3 tablespoons of onion powder in a bowl, and then add 4 tablespoons of curd to it.
- Secondly, apply it on the hair and scalp and allow sitting for about 30-40 minutes.
- After that, wash the hair with shampoo. Lastly, use it once a week for healthy hair.
How to Make Onion Powder Without a Dehydrator
Spread onions in a thin layer on a baking pan lined with parchment paper to dry in the oven.
Bake at 140°F until completely dry and crunchy. It is recommended that you stir and re-spread the onion bits every 30 minutes.
We’ve never done it, but we’ve read that it takes a few hours.
After grinding, sift the fine powder through a sieve and re-grind any larger bits that remain. The onion powder is ready.
Onion powder substitute ~ substitute for onion powder
What can you substitute for onion powder? You can substitute grated fresh onion, shallots, fennel bulbs, scallions, garlic powder, onion salt, or celery for the onion powder.
How to make onion powder at home with a dehydrator
- Firstly, peel and dice onions. Then, place each diced piece of onion on a dehydrator tray.
- Secondly, set the dehydrator to 125°f and let dehydrate for 18-24 hours until completely dry.
- The minute it’s dried, place the dried onion in a food processor or mortar
- Lastly, place the powder in an airtight container and use it to spice up your favorite dishes
Onion powder benefits
The Onion powder: 7 Remarkable Health Benefits of This Nutritious Vegetable
- Prevents Infections
- Treats Cough and Cold
- Reduces Risk of Cancer
- Good for Hair
- Manages Diabetes
- Alleviates Heart Problems
- Promotes Bone Health
Onion Powder price in Nigeria ~ How much is an onion in powder?
Onion Powder Production, Packaging, and Sales
The onion (Allium cepa) is a vegetable crop that is grown almost everywhere in the world. It is grown primarily for its bulb, which is used almost daily in every home.
It is rarely served as a main course or in large quantities. Its primary use is in the flavoring and seasoning of a wide range of dishes.
Its popularity stems from its aromatic, volatile oil, allyl-prophl sulphide, which adds the desired flavor to food.
How is onion powder manufactured?
Dehydration, freeze-drying, vacuum-shelf drying, and flow drying are all methods used to make commercial onion powders.
Some commercial onion powders are irradiated as a preventative measure against microbial contamination.
How is commercial onion powder made?
- First, prepare the onion. Peel and slice the onions
- Dehydrate the onion flakes
- Grind the flakes to make onion powder.
To make onion powder, grind the dehydrated onion in a food processor, blender, coffee/spice grinder, or mortar and pestle.
Onion powder vs. onion ~ onion to onion powder
Onion powder is essentially ground-dried onion. Although dried onions only contain onion flesh, onion powder may also contain dehydrated onion skins and roots.
Because onion powder is three times more potent than dried onion, you would only need one tablespoon of onion powder to replace one cup of fresh onion.