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Onions- smoked, dried & ground

hillbilly jim

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Saturday evening, I sliced up three pounds of yellow onions and smoked them all night with nothing but the AMNPS. Sunday evening, I put them in the dehydrator and ran them at 145* for 24 hours. This evening, I ran them thru my Secura grinder and got exactly one cup of coarse ground smoked & dried onions.
 

timstalltaletav

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Hmm... I like this idea. Thinking it would have a better taste than the store bought variety of powder.
 

forluvofsmoke

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So, not counting your time to prep for smoke, transferring to the dehydrator, grinding, etc, your cost @ (just guessing) $0.80/lb comes out at roughly $2.75, including electricity, to produce your 1 cup of smoked, dried, ground onion. Seems like a lot of work, but at least you have a workable process and the resources to make it happen again, if need be.

Were you considering smoking the dried, chopped onion sold in plastic containers? Just for giggles, I know the large plastic jugs cost around $12 at big-box outlets, but not sure what the volume of ground would be. OK, just grabbed ours for a peek: 3.12lbs dried & chopped...probably ~80% (maybe closer to 85%) loss of weight from drying, so for the sake of simplicity, (from 1/5 remaining weight) 5 x 3.12 = 15.6lbs chopped onion before drying...just a guestimate. By comparison $0.80 x 15.6lbs = $12.48 for those same onions, before chopping & drying. I'd have never guessed this one, but you're money ahead buying chopped/dried, then smoking those on mesh trays and grinding it all up. Not to mention, no peeling or knife-work for chopping, no drying...damned if I would have guessed this one!!! And, to top it all off, yield of finished ground onion would be roughly 5 cups, with a bit to spare...quite a batch for the pantry stash.

Check my math if you want, but I think It's correct.

Eric
 
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disco

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How'd it taste? Would you do it again? It sounds like an interesting experiment.

Disco
 

Robb123

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Saturday evening, I sliced up three pounds of yellow onions and smoked them all night with nothing but the AMNPS. Sunday evening, I put them in the dehydrator and ran them at 145* for 24 hours. This evening, I ran them thru my Secura grinder and got exactly one cup of coarse ground smoked & dried onions.
Hi I have been doing this for a long time I built a smoker drier and do about 25 lb of onions at a time I like the sweet onions and use cherry wood. I get about 10% of the weight that I started with. The big trick to doing a lot at once is to not get above 105 deg or the onions cook and do not tast as good. I also do this with jalapeño and grind them in a coffe grinder mix 50/50 with season salt(Lowery’s). The grinder works on the onions too.
 
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