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 Ariel

Editor: 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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