Dehydrating Onions

Dehydrating Onions is not a job for the weak.  I will give you a few tips to reduce the smell, but in the end it still stinks.

  • Tip one is to use yellow onions over white.
  • Tip two, don’t cut a large number at one time.
  • And tip three, prepare the onions in a garage or a place that is well ventilated.

List of items needed:

  1. Dehydrator
  2. Sharp knife
  3. Chopping board
  4. Onions
  5. Quart jar or other storage container
  6. Funnel

Let’s begin.  First dig your onions out of the garden or buy some from the store.

Peel, slice and chop onions one at a time.  As you can see from below picture, I use a slap chopper.dehydrating onionsNext place chopped onions on the layers of your dehydrator until they are all filled.Chopped onionsSet temperature to 135 degrees.  You can lower this if you’d like, but at this temperature your onions will be done in about 4 hours.Dehydrating tempeaturePlace in garage or porch to reduce smell in the house.  Plug in or turn on and check in 4 hours.  When your timer goes off just check to see if they are dehydrated.  You will know if they feel rubbery, but dry.dehydrated onionsIf they have not finished just leave in for a little while longer.  If they have fished, set up your jar with funnel or other container of your choice. I can fill one quart jar with the dehydrator in the picture(it has four layers).   Take out onions using your hands or another kitchen tool and fill jar.dehydrated onions in jar After the jar is filled and lid is on, store in a cupboard or a cool dry place.

Now that you have finished dehydrating, you are ready for winter.  You can also use the onions as a gift to family.

On a side note.  If you want to make onion powder you would merely dehydrate longer until the onions are dried and crunchy.  Place them in a gallon bag at that point and use a rolling-pin to roll over them until you have powder .

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