The beauty about creating gastronomic delights with the incredibly versatile onion flakes is that they will not make you cry. Made from freshly harvested onions that are chopped and dried, the handy ingredient adds a mild sweetness to saucy bean casseroles, hearty pot roasts, dips and bulgur spiced onion pilafs. Use onion flakes to spice up your gravy, hamburger, or omelette. They will melt into your beef broth, add sweetness to hummus served with warm slices of pita bread and seamlessly blend into a sunburst salad. Onion flakes can be used as an all-purpose seasoning for poultry, beef ribs, or added to turkey stuffing. Keep in mind that as the onions dry out, they shrink dramatically. As a general rule, one tablespoon of onion flakes can be used to replace one small onion listed in a recipe. Apart from providing ‘bites’ of flavour, onions purify the blood and inhibit the development of colon cancer cells as they contain flavonoid quercetin. Onions lower blood pressure and prevent blood clotting. Believed to reduce asthma symptoms due to their the anti-inflammatory properties, onions are also rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C and manganese. They strengthen immunity and improve bone density. One of oldest known edible foods in the world, onions, in their dehydrate form, are especially useful for people who are camping as they are lightweight and can be used in just about any dish (minus the tears).