Onions- smoked, dried & ground

Discussion in 'Veggies' started by hillbilly jim, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. hillbilly jim

    hillbilly jim Meat Mopper

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

    hillbilly jim Meat Mopper

    I haven't tried smoking the 'store bought', but I'm going to.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.

    Last edited: Aug 8, 2016
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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

  6. hillbilly jim

    hillbilly jim Meat Mopper

    It was great! I gave some along with some smoked cream cheese to a friend and she's still talkin' about it!
  7. redheelerdog

    redheelerdog Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sounds awesome Jim, keep up the good work! Would love to see some pics of the process.

    Sounds like your have a ball with it! Fun!


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