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Shallot

Shallots are small, elongated, and aromatic bulbs belonging to the Allium family, which also comprises onions, garlic, and leeks. Their delicate, mild taste and slight sweetness make them a popular choice in various recipes, particularly French cuisine. With a papery, copper-hued exterior, shallots consist of multiple cloves resembling small onions or garlic on the inside. These bulbs can be sautéed, fried, or used raw, imparting a subtle yet flavorful essence to countless dishes, from sauces and salad dressings to quiches and stews. When stored properly, shallots have a longer shelf life, providing home cooks access to a versatile ingredient for an extended period.
#60
IN FRESH VEGETABLES
72
CAL / 100G
$0.49
AVG / OZ
shallot
87%
CARBS
1%
FAT
13%
PROTEIN
Shallot FAQ
Shallots are little bulbs with big flavor! They bring a beautiful balance of mild sweetness and subtle onion flavor to your dishes, and are an absolute delight in any recipe that calls for onions or garlic. Shallots are often underestimated and overlooked but can transform the ordinary into extraordinary. They are delicate, and need to be handled with care. Overcooking shallots can quickly result in a bitter taste, which can ruin the dish. It's vital to closely monitor the cooking process to prevent this from happening. The best way to get the most out of shallots is to caramelize them – this brings out their innate sweetness, adding a unique depth of flavor to your dishes. Thinly slice your shallots, then cook them slowly over low heat until they are a light golden color – the slower the cooking, the richer the flavor. Not many people know this, but shallots can also be used in dessert recipes! Moisture can be removed from shallots, then they can be caramelized and used in ice creams and custards. Their sweet, mild flavor pairs perfectly with sweeter ingredients, adding a unique twist to traditional desserts.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does shallot expire?
Shallots, when unopened and stored in a cool, dark, and welly-ventilated place, can last for up to a month. The timeframe of course may vary depending on the freshness of the shallot when you bought it. Once the shallot has been cut, it should be used within two to three days to ensure the best flavor and texture. If you've decided to store diced or chopped shallots in the fridge, they could last for about 7-10 days. By freezing it, you can extend its storage life for several months. However, frozen shallots are best used in cooked dishes as freezing compromises the shallot's crunchy texture.
How do you tell if shallot is bad?
Identifying a bad shallot isn't a daunting task–your senses are your best guide. Check the exterior of the shallot; If the outer skin is visibly moldy, discolored or has a damp, mushy texture, the shallot has likely gone bad. You would want to discard it. If the exterior seems fine, cut into the shallot. Inside, it should be firm and white. If it's discolored, has a pungent off-smell, or a slimy texture then it's a sign it has gone off.
Tips for storing shallot to extend shelf life
• Store shallots in a cool, well-ventilated and dark location. • Do not remove the skin until you're ready to use them. The skin helps to retain freshness. • Avoid storing shallots in a plastic bag as they can encourage moisture and lead to rot. • Cut or sliced shallots should be wrapped in cling film or packed in an airtight container before refrigerating. • Freeze peeled and chopped shallots in a sealed container or freezer bag for long-term storage. Use the frozen shallots directly in cooked dishes without thawing.
EXPIRES WITHIN
3 - 5
WEEKS
Health Info
Macros
6g
CARBS
0g
FAT
1g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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