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Onion is an essential flavouring for savoury dishes, and an ingredient where quality counts. McCormick powdered onion is onion, plain and simple. We start with whole, white, field-grown onions. Use it where you’d use fresh onions. No peeling. No chopping. No watery eyes. Onion powder brings an additional asset that makes it incredibly useful in the kitchen. It disburses evenly throughout the dish for rich, allover onion flavour. Sprinkle it into soups and stews, create creamy dips and salad dressings, perk up casseroles and vegetables, or use it as a base for rubs and marinades. Your onion powder should smell sharp and just a little sweet, like a beautiful whole onion warmed by the sun.
Q: If I don’t have onion powder on hand, what makes a good substitute?
A: Chopped or minced dried onions can easily stand in for onion powder. Just grind them up and use an equal measure. Other options are fresh, finely minced green onions or yellow onions, sautéed for added sweetness. One tablespoon of onion powder is equal to a half cup of chopped fresh onion.
There’s some complicated science behind the answer to why chopping onions makes so many of us cry. The culprit is a complex of sulfur compounds produced by the onion. And while there are a lot of tales about how to prevent the tears, most of us would need a full face mask to stop them. By removing 96 percent of the water, dehydrating onions not only adds convenience and elevates flavour, but takes away the tears. Thank goodness!
McCormick onion powder begins in the field as whole, white onion bulbs, harvested at the peak of flavour. They’re washed and trimmed, then gently dehydrated and ground to preserve their bold, sweet flavour and toasty colour.