Why It Works
- The microwave acts upon water molecules, ensuring that they evaporate before the scallion greens brown or cook.
- Slicing the greens and separating them into batches before microwaving helps them dehydrate more quickly and evenly.
The scallion powder is sweet, grassy, and just a little peppery. I don't add salt or sugar like I do in the tomato powder, but either would complement the greens well, as would garlic powder or onion powder. Just mix in any additional seasonings in small increments to avoid overwhelming the scallions altogether. Slicing the scallion greens, and working with just a quarter batch at a time, reduces the microwave time and evenly dehydrates them.
And that's about all you need to know to start making your own vibrant vegetable powders, no dehydrator necessary. Just be sure to store them in airtight containers to preserve as much flavor as possible—they'll last around a month and don't need to be refrigerated. Vegetable powders have relatively delicate flavors, so I don’t recommend cooking with them. Instead, toss 'em on potato chips or popcorn, sprinkle some on your caprese salad, or use them to coat the rim of your next Bloody Mary—the world is your tomato and scallion-dusted oyster.
2 bunches scallions (approximately 16 scallions), green parts only, thinly sliced
Spread 1/4 of scallion greens on a microwave-safe plate lined with a double layer of paper towels. Top with a second paper towel (do not press down). Microwave on high for 4 minutes, then continue in 20-second intervals until greens are papery, dry, and crumble when pinched. Repeat with remaining greens.
Add greens to spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Grind until powdered. Store in an air-tight container.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 3mg||14%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|