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14 Ways to Use Shallots

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14 Ways to Use Shallots


All About Shallots
Shallots are an allium, the same family as onions and garlic. Like the latter, shallots can be separated into cloves. Taste-wise, however, they’re more like onions, though the flavor is subtler.

How to Buy
Like onions, look for shallots that are free of sprouts. The bulbs should be dry and firm, and have a good covering of papery skin.

How to Store
In a cool, dry & well-ventilated place, shallots should keep for at least a month.

How to Use
Shallots are a great substitute for regular onions — many professional chefs, in fact, prefer shallots to their more famous cousins! The great thing about shallots is that their mild flavor doesn’t overpower other ingredients, like onions can very well do.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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Never judge only through one's appearance

4:26AM PDT on Oct 5, 2015

Nice, thanks.

12:29PM PDT on Aug 16, 2015

Thanks Katie.

2:14PM PDT on Aug 9, 2015

I love them!
Thanks Katie.

2:51PM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thank you Katie.

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5:14AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

thank you

3:52PM PST on Dec 26, 2013

I prefer shallots to onions most times, though mostly favor garlic. Thanks.

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