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If you love the flavor of chopped onion but hate all the peeling and dicing—and crying!—dried chopped onions are the perfect shortcut. McCormick dried onions start as whole, white onions that have been peeled, dehydrated and chopped. During the drying process, they take on a toastier, richer flavor than fresh onions, making them the perfect choice for adding sweet onion flavor to any and all dishes. Use them in dips, soups, stews, casseroles, egg dishes, hamburgers, salad dressings—anywhere you’d like to punch up the flavor. We love them in raw vegetable and bean salads. One whiff of the open bottle will bring you the toasty, slightly sweet aroma of lightly sautéed fresh onions.
Q: If I don’t have dried chopped onion on hand, what makes a good substitute?
A: Dried onion in any form—minced or powdered—can be substituted for chopped onion. Use a smaller quantity of minced and even less powdered onion as stand-ins for chopped. Fresh chopped onion is another good option. One medium-size chopped fresh onion equals 1/4 cup dried onion.
In the Middle Ages, onions were thought to predict the severity of winter. If the skins were thin at harvest time, the weather would be mild. But if they were thick, winter would be long and cold. Of course, people at the time also thought onions could cure snakebites and hair loss! Today, we just enjoy them for their sharp, sweet flavor.
McCormick chopped dried onions begin in the field as whole, white onion bulbs, harvested at the peak of flavor. We wash and trim them, then gently dehydrate to preserve their bold, sweet flavor and light color. With McCormick, you can count on consistent flavor, color and aroma in every jar.
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