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Can I use dried minced onion instead of chopped onion? I don't have onions and I have more than enough minced onion in my seasoning rack.

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Can you give us more information? It will all depend on what you're using it for. –  sourd'oh Sep 14 '13 at 18:12
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Yes, you can. Here are the ratios of fresh to dry:

  • Fresh : dried = 4 : 1
  • 1 cup : 1/4cup
  • 1/4 cup : 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp : 3/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp : 1/4 tsp

I would suggest you put the dry in some water for a few minutes to rehydrate (similar to the proper usage of dried minced garlic).

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Hmm, I wouldn't try to use it in French Onion Soup! For a Thursday night family meatloaf? Sure, that's why it exists. Follow the instructions on the jar regarding hydration.

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It depends.

  1. Dried minced onions are more expensive than fresh raw onions.

  2. Raw onions should not be cooked to perfection. They should be put in ten minutes before serving, when the heat is just turned off. That would remove the biting taste without collapsing the body and crunchiness of the onion slices.

  3. This probably does not apply to your situation, but just in case. Dried roasted onions should not be cooked or boiled with the food. They are to be sprinkled onto the steak after the heat is turned off, and sprinkled onto warm, but not hot, soup. That is to retain the flavour of the oil and roast of the onion slices. Some people have home roasted onions which they roast in chicken (or pork) lard and garlic. Recooking the onions would destroy the roasted lard flavour.

  4. However, if you really do have a large amount of dried minced onions and you don't mind losing the flavour of the roasting (if they are also roasted) - my experience is that you will get a soup that is similar to having over-boiled/overcooked onions. My kitchen tradition (afa my mum was concerned) calls for onions to remain crunchy in soups and stir-fries. If that tradition is not yours, I guess it would make no difference flavour- and texture-wise.

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