Using Dried Onions

You have taken the effort to dry onions and store them either in ziploc bags or in glass canning jars. I am delighted to have them.   How and for what do I use dried onions ?

One of the easiest ways is to grind some dried onions in a  coffee grinder or in a blender.  Sprinkle it into what ever you are cooking.  If you have someone who really likes extra onion flavor, let them add more at the table.

If you are making a sauce, soup or anything else that must cook for a while simply add the dried onions and let them cook, flavor and rehydrate all at once.

One-fourth cup minced dried onions is equal to one fresh onion.  I dry the onions cut in full circles or half circles.  When I want to use some onions I hold a handful and cut them into small pieces with a pair of kitchen shears.  Saute the onion pieces in butter for several minutes. Then add broth, water or tomatoes and cook everything.

Here is a recipe to try.

Creamed Dried Onions

Pour 2 cups boiling water on 1 cup dried onions and 1/4 cup dried mushrooms (optional).  Soak for about 45 minutes.                        Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan and blend in 2 tablespoons flour.  Add salt and 1 cup milk. Cook until thick.  Add the onion (and mushrooms) to the sauce.  Place in casserole.  Add 1/2 cup dried onions finely chopped to 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons dry cheese.  Mix and put on top of creamed onions.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Hope you enjoyed the recipe.  It gives you an idea how to actually use the dried onions.


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