OK... Is it just me or have onions begun to resemble the gold exchange? I'm really tired of having to pay an average of over a $1.00 lb for them. Not long ago they were up to $1.98 lb. Which is the reason I'm sharing how easy it is to dry them. When they get that pricey I break out a jar whenever I can. I've been looking for them to go on sale now for awhile and this past week they finally did. I picked up about 15 pounds for $0.29lb. Now I wish I had bought more as they went right back up again this week! I'll keep my eyes open for more though.
We use ALOT of onions here. I like them in almost anything and as far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as too much. So I like to keep some on hand at all times, I just don't like having to pay the price for them. That is why I dehydrate onions. They are great to use in any cooked dish that calls for them. (and around here most do!) Some folks say that it is easier to just buy Dried Onions. Maybe so, but I'm trying to live on a really small budget. Heck the hardest part is cutting up the onions, so for me it's a no brainer.
Dehydrating onions is super easy. Cut, dry and put up till you need them. They will store just as long as the Dried Minced Onions you find at the grocery store. The best part is that they are over 50% less when you do it yourself!
(1) Just dice them up in uniform pieces and (2) spread them on your dryer trays. I use my screen's for the trays since they end up being pretty small pieces. (3) Set your dehydrator to 135* to 145* and dry them for about 4 hours. (5) Check the onions about four or five hours into drying. I spread them out a bit more and then dry for a couple more hours. (6) When they are done they will be crisp and dry. Let them cool and store them in a canning jar. I use my FoodSaver attachment and vacuum seal them. If you don't have one that's ok too. They will still keep for a long time.
DIY dried onions will store just as long as the Dried Minced Onions you find at the grocery store. The best part is( cause I'm
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