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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Onion Processing-Day 1 Results

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be blogging about onions. Not just any old onions, these are Walla Walla Sweet Onions from Walla Walla, Washington. Isn't that fun to say?? My friends live in Walla Walla, Washington. Hi Marilee, Hi Mary C!!

I remember as a kid when Walla Wallas were first in season, mom would peel one and eat it like an apple. To this day, that still makes me shudder. I love them but I can't eat one like that.

So the first photo shows one of eight trays after they have been dried. I loaded them up pretty good. 16 chopped onions yielded 3+ pints dry. Time in the dehydrator--20 hours. I think I will rotate the trays tonight though. The bottom 2 trays weren't quite as dry as the other 6. I'm giving them another couple hours while I prepare the next round.

The second photo shows the Sweet Onion Relish. With my adjustments to the recipe, instead of 3 pints, I ended up with 5 1/2 pints. You know that happens sometimes when you make relish. It isn't like when making jams or jellies, the recipe doesn't have to be exactly the way it is written. Of course I had to try the relish for breakfast. I want to keep my family safe. Just let me say OMG!!! The Ritz with relish is delicious but now I'm thinking gourmet. This needs to be put on some cream cheese and eaten with Wheat Thins. Watch out Top Chef, here I come!!!

Onion Processing Day 2 begins now. More relish and more drying. And Ernie wants onion rings with dinner. Yes, I do live an exciting life!


Cathy said...

So, how much crying did you do while you were slicing them?

scraphappy said...

It sounds like you are having lots of fun with onions. The relish does sound delish. Wheat thins and cream cheese sounds just right.

Amy said...

Ooooooo....what a FABULOUS idea!!! Ritz....creamcheese...and relish! I MAY just have to try that with the new batch of relish I made ;0)

One of these years, I may break down and buy and dehydrater....I could see attempting to make jerky ;0)

Stephanie D said...

So I can't say as I ever heard of dehydrated onions, but it makes good sense.

Wonder if the Walla Walla onions are comparable to our southern Vidalia onions? They're pretty sweet, too, and not hot.

Quilter Kathy said...

Oh yes you do lead a very exciting life!

Lori said...

We love Walla Walla onions, best onion we found moving to Oregon. My husband makes walla rings yum yum.