How Can I Make Peeling Shallots Easier?

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Q: Because I hate peeling shallots, I've started to avoid recipes that call for them or substitute onions instead. Shallots are harder to peel than onions for two reasons: Each lobe has its own skin, and dirt often collects between skin and flesh. Are there any tips or tricks out there to make peeling shallots easier?

Sent by ArielEditor: Ariel, I sympathize. I am not crazy about peeling shallots either. But here are some tips for making peeling shallots a bit easier:

How To Peel Shallots

One of the tips here is to soak the shallots in boiling water for a few minutes to make the skins easier to slip off.

Readers, any tips for peeling shallots?

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