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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 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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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.

10:14PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Thank you for the recipes. Will try roasting brussels sprouts again although my first attempt roasting at 400 degrees resulted in a horrible smell a few minutes in and blackened leaves I picked off to find some edible bits.

1:32AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I'm going to have to try the Brussel Sprouts with Shallots. That sounds good.

4:04AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Winter and cold weather call for more onions and shallots in the diet to help fight off colds and flu.
Great in soups. Also chopped then browned in olive oil and used as a sandwich filling between slices of wholemeal bread. Delicious.

1:01AM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

I would, but unfortunately have had to cut out many things since I am now on a strict IBS diet. But this article was very good!

6:27AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

I love onions, but they're sometimes overpowering (especially the smell!).
Shallots sound delicious--I'll have to try them!
Thanks for the article!

4:55PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

thanks, maybe I will...

4:33PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Love onions but have never used shallots. Will give them a try.

11:41AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

I've always been an onion user. But, after reading the information and looking at the recipes, I'm going to try shallots!

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