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Onion Powder

What is Onion Powder?
Onion powder, a spice made from ground dehydrated onions is used for seasoning in cooking. Many cooks of the world prefer onion powder to fresh onions because it is easier to handle, saves time and require no chopping or special treatment. Prepared from finely ground dehydrated onions, they contain very strong smell and last for a longer duration, if properly packaged and stored. Since bulb onions contain much of the flavor and distinctive aroma of the onion, they are widely used for preparing onion powder. Onion powder is a perfect condiment for taco mix, chili, barbeque rubs, salad dressings, dips, marinades, and as an addition to hamburgers.

Onions are an inseparable ingredient in many dishes including soups, stews, meats of all kinds,

salads, eggs, salsa, etc., but chopping of onions takes lot of time and effort. Since onion powder is a easy substitute for fresh onions and a tea spoon of onion powder is capable of providing the nutty, and slightly sweet flavor of a medium sized onion, it is widely used by cooks all around the globe. However, some cooks discovered some loss of flavor in using onion powder.

Varieties of Onion Powder
Loads of varieties of onion powder are commercially available in the market. Some varieties are blended with other dried spices to give a distinctive flavour.

The popular varieties of onion powder are:

  • White onion powder
  • Red onion powder
  • Yellow onion powder
  • Toasted onion powder.

Uses of Onion Powder
Onion Powder is an essential ingredient of various meat and vegetable stews. It mixes well with various meat specialties including pork, beef, poultry, lamb and fish. Besides being used as a spice in preparing many appetizing recipes, it can also used for other other purposes. Some of them are:

  • Preparing sauces and gravies
  • Preparing soups, pastas & spiced pastries
  • Preparing hamburger patties
  • Preparing salads, etc.
Storage Tips
Like other spices and seasonings, powdered onions need to be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. If exposed to moisture and sunlight otherwise onion powder may lose its potency and pungency.

So, forget the time consuming and tearful process of onion slicing and chopping and use onion powder to obtain the distinctive aroma of the onion.
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