.by Tammy Taylor
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Recently I was trying to chop some purple onions for the freezer. I had so many of them and used as many as I could fresh but I also wanted to make sure they didn’t go bad before I could use them all. Plus it’s so nice to have chopped onions as close as my freezer to simply toss into any recipe.
But as I was trimming those tough neck parts & the hard-to-chop dense section on the bottom where the roots once were, I paused before I tossed the wasted parts into my compost bucket. There might still be a way to put these wasted parts to good use…
I’ve written before about using a warm but turned off oven to dehydrate small amounts of veggies for free. I can then just place those dehydrated veggies into a jar and rehydrate them at a later time to use in my Endless Soup, etc. But these tougher parts of the onion are not really useful in cooking. Or ARE they?? What if they were ground into a powder? I’ve done this with white or yellow onion parts from garden trimmings but maybe I can also use these purple onion parts… I’m going for it!
Dehydrating Tougher Onion Trimmings
I took all the tough trimmings and placed them on my small cast-iron comal (a narrow skillet). Then I put them in a still-hot but turned off oven to use residual heat to dehydrate them for free.
When they were completely dry I tossed them into an *electric coffee grinder that I use for just this purpose Well, I actually have several different coffee grinders for various grinding purposes – one of my most useful kitchen appliances that’s not actually used for its intended purpose. LOL! I ground the dried onion pieces finely and voila – purple onion powder!
I placed the powder in a repurposed spice bottle, slapped on a label and BOOM!
I used to buy onion powder for adding onion flavor to different dishes. But using this procedure I haven’t bought the commercial stuff in years. I love that because I used the more colorful outer layers the onion powder is a brighter color. I know it will add a richer color when I use it to season beef stew or the like. Plus it’s just one more way to REDUCE FOOD WASTE and you’ve gotta love that!
Other Kitchen Homestead Hacks
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- No Cooking Fat Down The Drain
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- …and many MORE!
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