The delicate, oniony flavor of shallots makes them a good choice for dishes where you want to add flavor but don't want to overpower the natural flavor of other ingredients. These tiny morsels work for adding a touch of flavoring to omelets or fried potatoes. If you want a more subtle flavor, choose smaller shallots, because the larger they grow, the stronger they taste. When properly stored, shallots can last up to six months in a cool area.
Place the shallots in a mesh bag.
Place the bag in a cool, dark place that stays around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Check stored shallots periodically for any signs of mold or other disease or sprouting. Remove any bad shallots and check the other shallots more carefully in the following days.
Place shallots in the fridge after you've cut them. They'll stay fresh for two weeks.
Remove the papery skins from the shallots
Separate the cloves.
Put the cloves in a sealable bag or freezer container and put them in the freezer. Store them for up to 12 months in the freezer.
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