Guest post by Lauren of Empowered Sustenance
I strive to faithfully live by a few simple rules. I always refill the toilet paper roll when I use the last squares. I always wear a seatbelt. And I never wear mascara while chopping onions. Unfortunately, this unctuous seasoning salt has forced me to repeatedly break that last resolution, since I have been too impatient to remove any makeup before starting another batch!
Why Make Your Own Onion Powder?
So why would anyone go to the trouble of dehydrating and grinding their own onions when onion powder is cheap and accessible in a grocery store? Purity, for starters. Anyone with food allergies or those following a strict dietary protocol like the GAPS diet must make an extra effort to avoid cross contamination. Store-bought onion powder is often processed on machinery shared with wheat and dairy ingredients.
Additionally, this homemade onion seasoning allows you to control ingredient quality. Conventional seasoning salt uses a base of processed and refined salt, instead of mineral rich sea salt or Himalayan salt. Further, you have the option to source organic onions for this recipe to show Mother Earth (and your body) a little extra care.
Higher quality ingredients rewards you with a more satisfying result. This fresh onion seasoning tastes sweet and herbaceous and is twice as potent as stale, shelf-ready varieties.
How Can I Use Homemade Onion Seasoning Salt?
- As a quick marinade with yogurt and olive oil for meats
- A topping for moist baked potatoes
- For a little kick on sweet potato fries
- Stirred judiciously into Roasted Carrot Whip
- For an extra punch of flavor on Butternut Squash Pizza Crusts
- In your favorite meatloaf recipe
- Wherever else you would use seasoning salt or onion powder!
Drying onions is easy! Strew sliced onion on dehydrator sheets and dry thoroughly:
Once dried, the onions should be shriveled and crispy.
Adriana Lima–a famed Victoria’s Secret bronzed bombshell–astutely said, “I won’t cry for you, my mascara’s too expensive.” This homemade seasoning salt is worth a few muddy streaks down your cheeks, no matter the expense of your eyelash cosmetics!
Homemade Onion Seasoning Salt
- 1 onion, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices (see NOTE)
- 2 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. whole peppercorns
Strew the onion slices on a dehydrator sheet and dry at about 125 degrees until completely dry, about 6-8 hours.
Place the dried onion slices, salt, and peppercorns in a clean coffee grinder. Pulverize until smooth. If necessary, work in batches to fit the ingredients into the coffee grinder. The mixture will be finely ground but slightly clumpy.
Store the onion powder in an airtight container for up to a week. It become slightly more moist the longer it is stored.
Makes about 1/4 cup.
NOTE: You may dry many onions at once and store the dried onions slices for many months in an airtight container, and grind fresh batches of seasoning salt when desired.
This post was shared at: Frugally Sustainable
- 1 onion, sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
- 2½ tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. whole peppercorns
- Drying onions by strewing onion slices on dehydrator sheet
- Dry at 125 degrees until completely dry, about 6-8 hours
- Place dried onion slices, salt, and peppercorns in clean coffee grinder
- Pulverize until smooth-should be finely ground but slightly clumpy
- If necessary, work in batches to fit ingredients into coffee grinder
- Store onion powder in airtight container and use within one week for best results
Lauren is the 19-year-old real food blogger at EmpoweredSustenance.com. After struggling with ulcerative colitis for five years, she decided to dive head first into healing her body with nutrition and a holistic lifestyle. She follows the GAPS diet and enjoys sharing her creative, grain free recipes and healing tools with others. She offers a free, retro-inspired Grain Free Holiday Feast e-cookbook on her blog.