We bought 7 three pound bags of Vidalia onions and I had a 5 pound bag of them here already so yesterday I used the 7 bags we bought on Tuesday and almost the whole 5 pound bag I had here to get onions ready for the freeze dryer.
I cut the ends off, cut the onions in half, then sliced them into fairly thick – maybe a little over 1/4″ slices. I put them in three different
I used the crock pot and two Instant Pots on the slow cooker setting and cooked them down for about 8 hours. I was actually really surprised at how much liquid cooked out of them. I removed them with a slotted spoon, trying to leave as much liquid behind as I could, then put them in cast iron Dutch ovens and cooked them on the stove to try to dry out some of the liquid.
25 pounds of onions only filled up three freeze dryer trays! I could have spread them a little thinner and filled all four trays probably but I keep bags of frozen mixed veggies in the freezer and use those to fill up trays when I have nothing else waiting to be freeze dried.
Last night I took a load of celery out of the freeze dryer so I let it defrost overnight. The onions and veggies are in the fridge freezer downstairs. It may forever smell like onions. I’m just hoping when I put these in the freeze dryer, we don’t have to evacuate the house because of the onion smell!
It will be nice to have Vidalia onions that are freeze dried to use throughout the year.