Red Onion Powder

I admit it. I am obsessed. Some dabble in fine wines, others craft beers...this little nettle is becoming a full fledged gastronome amidst the refined world of fruit and vegetable powders.

For those of you who haven't been around the ol' Urban Nettle blog lately you won't have any idea what I'm talking about. If you're a regular however you'll probably be groaning, "Gracious Urban...another powder?" Stay strong folks! I'll try to incorporate a little variety into the next posts soon. Presently I just can't seem to help myself! Whether it be their exquisite color or alluring aroma...golly gee, who'd a thought dehydrating a vegetable then pulverizing it in a food processor could knock a preservationist so head over heels?

So what powder caught my fancy this time around?  Onion powder!!!!

Now now, I know you're probably thinking onion powder? Really? You're excited over onion powder?  Not just any powder mind you...red onion powder! And guess what?! It doesn't turn out red at all! Goodbye red hello lavender! And even though I'm not a fan of the pastels and forget that I don't even own a single pastel colored item of clothing...how can I not get excited about a purple tinted powder?! Take that McCormick Seasoning Company!

So fire up that ol' dehydrator and make this today. Local onions are readily available. Stock up now so you can have some of this delicious and visually stunning seasoning in the dark cold depths of that ferocious beast we like to call winter. Use just as you would my Leek Powder. Has a wee bit stronger a kick so use a a tad more sparingly.

Alright, goodness knows what else I'll happen upon or be inspired to create next in the exciting realm of Urban Nettle Powders! There's a whole world of uncharted seasoning territory just waiting for me to explore! To tweak the words of Mr. Christopher Walkin from an old Saturday Night Live skit involving Will Ferrel and a cowbell "I've got a fever and the only prescription is...more dehydrated powders!"

Red Onion Powder

Makes as much as you dehydrate

  • red onions

1. Remove the outer layers of the onion skins. Cut in half and slice into 1/8 inch half moons.

2. Place the onions on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate on your vegetable setting at 125ºF. This will take approximately 8-10 hours.

4. After the onions have been throughly dried, remove from dehydrator and allow to cool. Remove from the trays and pulverize in a food processor or blender. WARNING: You will have onion dust clouds during this process. Careful not to inhale too deeply!

5. After the onions have been thoroughly pulverized remove and place in a container. Use whenever the mood suits you!