How to Peel Shallots Easily

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How to Peel Shallots Easily
Shallots are an important ingredient in many recipes. (Tay Jnr/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Shallots are prized by cooks for their delicate flavour - a sweeter and less omnipresent taste and odour than onions. They melt easily in heat and blend well with other ingredients without overpowering a sauce or a vinaigrette. One downside to shallots, however, is that they possess a sticky, papery peel that can be difficult to remove. If you have a sharp knife and hot water on hand, though, you can remove the peel and lose little of the shallot in the process.

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Things you need

  • Shallots
  • Pairing Knife

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  1. 1

    Separate the shallots into individual cloves.

  2. 2

    Soak the shallots in hot water for two to three minutes.

  3. 3

    Cut the top and root off of each clove.

  4. 4

    Make a slit from top to bottom with your pairing knife, just under the top layer of the shallot.

  5. 5

    Peel the skin and the first layer of the shallot away from the slit.

Tips and warnings

  • You may be able to squeeze the shallot out of it's skin after you cut the ends off.

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