Granulated onion is made by grinding dried onions into granules that have a coarse texture. During the drying process (e.g., steam pressure or freeze-drying), only the water is removed from the onions so that the natural flavor is preserved to the greatest extent possible.
Difference between granulated onion and onion powder:
In contrast to granulated onion, onion powder is more finely ground. When purchasing, you should take care to only buy products that do not contain any additives, such as spices or flavor enhancers.
Fresh onions and granulated onion:
Granulated onion has a more intense flavor than fresh onions. One teaspoon of granulated onion is equivalent to about 1½ tablespoons of chopped fresh onions. Nevertheless, we recommend that you use natural ingredients whenever possible.
Using granulated onion is, with a few exceptions (e.g., stuffed onions), similar to using fresh onions. It works well as a seasoning for soups, sauces, a variety of marinades, salads, and vegetable dishes.
When adding to solid foods, it is best to first mix with a little water so that the granulated onion can be evenly distributed. This step is even more important with onion powder.
In contrast to chopped onions, using granulated onion is usually “tearless,” and also a way to make a dish with a delicious onion flavor that children will enjoy, without them having to see bits of onion.
When stored in a dry place that is protected from light, onion granules can last up to three years.