Onion powder is made from onions that are dehydrated and ground. It is commonly used as a seasoning — you can sprinkle some of it onto just about anything you want to taste savory. Aside from making various dishes taste so much better, onion powder also offers antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
If you are the DIYer kind and you love to fill your kitchen with healthy stuff that you made, you will surely find the recipe below so irresistible — it’s how to make onion powder from scratch.
You can always simply grab some onion powder at your favorite supermarket. However, using something that you made in your own kitchen can fill your heart with pride and joy each time. Just imagine the look on the faces of relatives and friends who drop by upon learning that the powdered onion they are using as a seasoning is your masterpiece!
What’s so great about homemade onion powder is it can be custom-made according to your personal liking. You can always use the kind of onions that suits your taste, such as red, white or yellow ones. Or you can mix and match various types of onions to come up with onion powder that tastes absolutely like no other!
One of the key tools in making homemade onion powder — or any other powdered cooking or seasoning ingredient — is a dehydrator. It’s very much likely that you have one at home if you are into drying fruit slices. But worry not if a dehydrator is not available in your kitchen because you can always count on your oven to do the job. Got no oven? Well, there’s the scorching sun high above that you can rely on!
It’s true that making onion powder from scratch is easy. However, no one said that it’s going to be a very quick one — raw onions have to be dried first before they can be turned into powder. Allowing slices of onions to become dehydrated completely is an integral part of coming up with your very own onion powder.
So without further ado, here are the steps to making a batch of homemade onion powder:
Carefully remove the peels of your onions. Again, it is completely up to you if you want to use red, white or yellow onions for this DIY project. Or you can combine different types to come up with your own unique creation.
With a sharp knife, make lots of onion rings. Make sure that you slice them as thinly as possible because that will make those onion slices dry up much faster. Got a mandolin slicer? Then feel free to use it to have the onions sliced up very quickly. Remember to practice caution throughout the slicing process!
If you have a dehydrator in your kitchen, use it to have your thin onion rings dried. Just like what’s mentioned earlier, you can also use an oven to dry up your onions. Simply have it preheated to 150°F. Once your oven is ready, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, neatly place your slices of onions on it, and bake for about 3 to 4 hours. If you can crush the onion rings with your fingers, then you know that they are ready for the next step.
Allow your dehydrated onion rings to cool for a while. Once cool, it’s time to have them pulverized! For this part of the project, you can use either a food processor or coffee grinder. You may also do it the old fashioned way, with the use of a mortar and pestle. The choice is absolutely yours!
That’s how homemade onion powder is made in just 4 easy steps! Transfer your creation in an air-tight container and store it in a cool and dry spot in your kitchen. Have a happy seasoning!