Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

How to Dehydrate Onions Step by Step:

Dehydrating onions, food storage. Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Wash and peel your onions.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Cut your onions in half.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Then cut them just small enough to fit into a food processor. Dehydrating onions, food storage.

I can usually get about eight pieces out of a big onion.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Place the onions in a food processor. ¬†Pulse them until they are chopped. Do not just let the machine run or you’ll wind up with onion juice.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Here they are chopped.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Place them on your dehydrating trays. Here I have my non-stick dehydrator sheets on my trays. These sheets come in handy for small pieces that might fall through the trays. You can find them¬†here¬†on –źm–įz–ĺn.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Here is a closer look.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

As you might have already guessed, I don’t blanch my onions before I¬†dehydrate¬†them. I also am dehydrating chopped onions, not onion rings. Cutting the onions into rings is a popular way to dehydrate them, but it seems to be a bit more work, and since the only way my family likes cooked onions is chopped, I do what’s easiest. You can blanch onions before you dehydrate them but it is not¬†necessary; however, blanching onions will cut down on the smell of the dehydrating onions which can be quite potent. Instead of blanching I just start the process outside. Here you can see I have seven trays of a nine tray dehydrator filled. I started with a ten pound bag of onions.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Here you can see I have my Excalibur hooked up and ready to go.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

Set the control for vegetable and let it start outside for about five hours. I usually start the dehydrator in the late afternoon then bring it inside to run the rest of night.

Dehydrating onions, food storage.

This is what the onion looks like dehydrated. The pink color is from the sugar in the onion. I put the onions in the freezer for two weeks to pasteurize them, then store them in Mason jars until needed. To re-hydrate onions place them in a pan and cover with water. Let them sit for about ten minutes. Pour off excess water and saute or brown as you would fresh onions.