Waste not, want not - Onions

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Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by K3 » Sun, 22 Jul 2001 22:04:02



This is my second year of veggie gardening and I'm so e***d about how
great things are growing.   I Planted 3-times the amount of onions I planted
last year because I peel & freeze them to use when I make homemade baked
beans every saturday.  I also love creamed onions.

My question is... because I *hate* wasting food... what's the best way to
preserve the green tops of the onions?   I'm thinking of either placing them
in ziplock bags and freezing them (with a fear that they'd be too mushy when
thawed) -or- slicing them and then dehydrate them for use in soups.   Anyone
here own/use a food dehydrator?   What's your opinion of it?   Is it
expensive to run and does it take a long time to dehydrate foods?

Thank you!

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Kendall F. Stratton III
Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

http://www.moonsgarden.com/

"The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."
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Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by Setzle » Mon, 23 Jul 2001 20:31:32


I love my dehydrator, and use if for everything. I have been drying broccoli
leaves, the smallish ones, so I know how you feel about wasting. I haven't dried
onion tops, though, but I can't imagine why not. I have so many onions I guess I
didn't think about it. What do you use the tops for, when fresh? I freeze onions
and dry them both. Except for tomatoes, most of my dried food goes into
something that will be cooked, thus I don't reconstitute much before cooking.  I
make a mixture of dried vegetables and powder the mix, and use in lots of stuff.
when powdered there is very little rehydration time. I put it in dips and
cottage cheese, and salad dressings, and soups. For this mix, I dry asparagus, I
freeze the top 4 to 5 " and discard the bottoms and dry the middle. Peas, broc.
chard, spinach, carrots, kale, chinese greens, beans, squashes, onions, leeks,
Everything!!

susan

Quote:

> This is my second year of veggie gardening and I'm so e***d about how
> great things are growing.   I Planted 3-times the amount of onions I planted
> last year because I peel & freeze them to use when I make homemade baked
> beans every saturday.  I also love creamed onions.

> My question is... because I *hate* wasting food... what's the best way to
> preserve the green tops of the onions?   I'm thinking of either placing them
> in ziplock bags and freezing them (with a fear that they'd be too mushy when
> thawed) -or- slicing them and then dehydrate them for use in soups.   Anyone
> here own/use a food dehydrator?   What's your opinion of it?   Is it
> expensive to run and does it take a long time to dehydrate foods?

> Thank you!

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Kendall F. Stratton III
> Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> "The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
> can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
 
 

Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by K3 » Mon, 23 Jul 2001 22:14:39


Hello Susan

I use the fresh onion tops for salads and kimchee.   What brand/model
dehydrator do you have?   I plan on drying not only onion tops, but also
oregano, basil, sliced apples, peaches, pears and Maine wild blueberries --
I love dried fruits.

Thanks!

--
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kendall F. Stratton III
Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

http://www.moonsgarden.com/

"The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."
---------------------------------------------------------------------------


Quote:
> I love my dehydrator, and use if for everything. I have been drying
broccoli
> leaves, the smallish ones, so I know how you feel about wasting. I haven't
dried
> onion tops, though, but I can't imagine why not. I have so many onions I
guess I
> didn't think about it. What do you use the tops for, when fresh? I freeze
onions
> and dry them both. Except for tomatoes, most of my dried food goes into
> something that will be cooked, thus I don't reconstitute much before
cooking.  I
> make a mixture of dried vegetables and powder the mix, and use in lots of
stuff.
> when powdered there is very little rehydration time. I put it in dips and
> cottage cheese, and salad dressings, and soups. For this mix, I dry
asparagus, I
> freeze the top 4 to 5 " and discard the bottoms and dry the middle. Peas,
broc.
> chard, spinach, carrots, kale, chinese greens, beans, squashes, onions,
leeks,
> Everything!!

> susan


> > This is my second year of veggie gardening and I'm so e***d about how
> > great things are growing.   I Planted 3-times the amount of onions I
planted
> > last year because I peel & freeze them to use when I make homemade baked
> > beans every saturday.  I also love creamed onions.

> > My question is... because I *hate* wasting food... what's the best way
to
> > preserve the green tops of the onions?   I'm thinking of either placing
them
> > in ziplock bags and freezing them (with a fear that they'd be too mushy
when
> > thawed) -or- slicing them and then dehydrate them for use in soups.
Anyone
> > here own/use a food dehydrator?   What's your opinion of it?   Is it
> > expensive to run and does it take a long time to dehydrate foods?

> > Thank you!

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Kendall F. Stratton III
> > Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

> > http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> > "The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
> > can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."

> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by Setzle » Tue, 24 Jul 2001 03:24:33


I have a American harvester from Walmart, with 4 extra trays. I have had a
Ronco, no fan or temp regulator, and a Mr. Coffee, fan, and my husband put a
temp regulator on it. The Am H. has some kind of patented thing which makes the
warm air flow over each tray and for the money, I think it is the best I've
seen. You definitely need one with a temp regulator on it as you will use lower
temps for herbs than that for vegetables and fruit. I dry strawberries, blues,
and rasps sometime for wine, (takes up less room in the freezer) and apples and
peaches.

susan

Quote:

> Hello Susan

> I use the fresh onion tops for salads and kimchee.   What brand/model
> dehydrator do you have?   I plan on drying not only onion tops, but also
> oregano, basil, sliced apples, peaches, pears and Maine wild blueberries --
> I love dried fruits.

> Thanks!

> --
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Kendall F. Stratton III
> Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

> http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> "The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
> can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------



> > I love my dehydrator, and use if for everything. I have been drying
> broccoli
> > leaves, the smallish ones, so I know how you feel about wasting. I haven't
> dried
> > onion tops, though, but I can't imagine why not. I have so many onions I
> guess I
> > didn't think about it. What do you use the tops for, when fresh? I freeze
> onions
> > and dry them both. Except for tomatoes, most of my dried food goes into
> > something that will be cooked, thus I don't reconstitute much before
> cooking.  I
> > make a mixture of dried vegetables and powder the mix, and use in lots of
> stuff.
> > when powdered there is very little rehydration time. I put it in dips and
> > cottage cheese, and salad dressings, and soups. For this mix, I dry
> asparagus, I
> > freeze the top 4 to 5 " and discard the bottoms and dry the middle. Peas,
> broc.
> > chard, spinach, carrots, kale, chinese greens, beans, squashes, onions,
> leeks,
> > Everything!!

> > susan


> > > This is my second year of veggie gardening and I'm so e***d about how
> > > great things are growing.   I Planted 3-times the amount of onions I
> planted
> > > last year because I peel & freeze them to use when I make homemade baked
> > > beans every saturday.  I also love creamed onions.

> > > My question is... because I *hate* wasting food... what's the best way
> to
> > > preserve the green tops of the onions?   I'm thinking of either placing
> them
> > > in ziplock bags and freezing them (with a fear that they'd be too mushy
> when
> > > thawed) -or- slicing them and then dehydrate them for use in soups.
> Anyone
> > > here own/use a food dehydrator?   What's your opinion of it?   Is it
> > > expensive to run and does it take a long time to dehydrate foods?

> > > Thank you!

> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > Kendall F. Stratton III
> > > Fort Fairfield, Maine USA

> > > http://www.moonsgarden.com/

> > > "The Mind, once stretched by an empowering idea,
> > > can never fully shrink back to it's original dimensions."

> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> -

 
 
 

Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by BeeCroft » Tue, 24 Jul 2001 07:46:32


On dehydrators with no fan you can control the temp with a lamp dimmer.
On the ones with a fan you have to seperate the circuits to only run the
heating element off of the dimmer.
Infinite adjustment.
 
 
 

Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by simy » Wed, 25 Jul 2001 00:07:29


Quote:

> On dehydrators with no fan you can control the temp with a lamp dimmer.
> On the ones with a fan you have to seperate the circuits to only run the
> heating element off of the dimmer.
> Infinite adjustment.

Interesting. I am not sure whether the original poster is looking at young onion
stems or onion scapes, the latter is certainly too tough to become mush, but
the 'grass' too freezes well.
 
 
 

Waste not, want not - Onions

Post by William Mahavi » Wed, 25 Jul 2001 23:45:43



Quote:

>Hello Susan

>I use the fresh onion tops for salads and kimchee.   What brand/model
>dehydrator do you have?   I plan on drying not only onion tops, but also
>oregano, basil, sliced apples, peaches, pears and Maine wild blueberries --
>I love dried fruits.

I dry fruits in my dehydrator but for
my herbs, including basil and oregano
I just put them in a pourous sack and
hang them in the refrigerator.

Bill
.
.