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One of my favorites ways to use my dehydrator is for drying vegetables to make powders. It is so easy to do and it can be a major money saver. They also make great homemade gifts for friends and family.
Onion powder is one that is easy to make and the flavor difference is amazing! Plus, it is easy to get onions at any time of the year.
And you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment. I will admit that I like to use this chopper because it makes for uniform sized pieces, which is easier to time the drying, but this project doesn’t require a lot of extras.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ONION POWDER:
Peel and chop your onions You want to make sure you get them as close to the same size as you can, it makes for more uniform drying
Lay the onions out on the drying screen, make sure there is not a lot of over lapping, again this just makes it easier on the drying time.
Turn your dehydrator on set it to 125. (This is the vegetable setting on mine)
Let them dry for 12-24 hours, based on size. I usually do this overnight so I’m not always sure on the time. 😉 But, check them in the morning and see if they need a bit more time.
After they are dried and cooled, pour into blender (Or a food processor). Grind until it is a fine powder.
Package in jars.
See? That is super easy.
A FEW TIPS:
I like to store mine in the freezer as I think it makes the flavor last longer because there are no preservatives in the mix like in store bought spices.
I also like to use a wide mouth jar so it is easy to scoop the powder. Onion powder, when dried and when it doesn’t contain chemicals, tends to stick a bit.
If you do not have a blender, just keep them as the small chunks. They are still great for cooking.
Buy vegetables that are on sale. I buy onions when they are less than $1.00 a pound to do this project. It can be a big money saver.
Such an easy project, your kids can even help and they will love being able to share homemade gifts with their family and teachers.
Another easy one to dehydrate that people love is celery. Wait for a good sale and you will be set. I used dried celery in a lot of my cooking, so convenient. Garlic is also another one people love and you cannot beat the taste!
A super easy gift idea that won’t break the bank!
Tell me, what are some of your favorite homemade gifts to share?