For many people, onions cause heartburn or other digestive discomfort. If onions interfere with your enjoyment of a meal, or if you don't have one when preparing a recipe that calls for it, onion powder works as a substitute. A pinch of onion powder also works in a pinch if you don't have time to peel and chop an onion.
- Use onion powder in place of onion in any instance. If the flavor of whole, fresh onion complements a food, onion powder does as well.
- Substitute 1 tsp. of onion powder per every small onion or 1/3 cup of chopped onion a recipe calls for. Replace 1 tbsp. of dried onion flakes with 1 tsp. of onion powder.
- Add onion powder to food during the final 15 minutes of cooking, even when a recipe calls for onion to be included earlier on.
- Pour onion powder into your hand first when adding it to a pot or pan. Dump it in from your hand, rather than from the container, to avoid letting steam into the container.
Tips and Warnings
Onion powder has a shelf life of about one year. Help preserve its flavor and color by storing it in an airtight container in a cool, dark and dry location. Don't store it over a sink, dishwasher or stove, where steam and heat rise.
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24 Jan, 2017, By Viana
This adds a great onion flavour, without adding bits of onion or having to chop an onion.
The powder cakes horribly into only solid mass (even if you live somewhere dry like Gauteng). So maybe add some of those desiccating packets (from pill bottles) as soon as you first open the bottle. Don keep it anywhere near your stove, I guess.
10 Sep, 2016, By Nicole
I love this onion powder. It tastes great, is not overpowering and is such a pleasure to cook with.
28 Jan, 2015, By Amelia
I love this onion powder, I add it to almost every savoury dish I make.