Cured Shallots
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Cured Shallots means fresh Shallots that have been dried briefly to cure them and improve their shelf life. Follow the link above to reach Smart Kitchen’s General Resource on Shallots.

Cured Shallots are not Dried Shallots, which are Shallots that have been dehydrated to remove all moisture.

Production

Cured Shallots are shipped to wholesale distributors in 50 pound (23 kg) bags, 5 pound (2 kg) mesh bags or film bags or in quart packages containing 1 to 1.5 pounds (.5 kg to .7 kg) of Shallots. The distributors break down these bulk packages and retail consumers will most often see 5-7 Shallots sold at a time, held in small mesh bags, windowed boxes or small trays.

See Smart Kitchen’s Resource on Shallots for more on Shallots.

Culinary Uses

Because they are an Allium , Shallots have a flavor that is reminiscent of Onions or Garlic, but the Shallots are milder and sweeter than either.

Once prepped (as you would Peel an Onion), Shallots can be Sliced, Chopped, Minced, Diced, etc. as needed by the chef or the Recipe. Remember that Shallots contain sulfur compounds, like Onions, and can cause reflex tears when cut.

Raw Shallots are edible but, like Onions and Garlic, they are infrequently eaten Raw because they are fairly pungent. Most often Shallots are cooked to break them down and Caramelize them so that they can become integral components of creamy hot Sauces (like Sauce Bearnaise,)  Pan Sauces, Beurre Blancs, Compound Butters, or other dishes that benefit from a shot of Allium flavor. Dropping Shallots into the Roasting Pan of a Roast Chicken is a good example. Smart Kitchen’s recipe version is Roast Chicken with Rosemary, Shallots & Garlic.

Shallots are most often Roasted or Sautéed, but they can also be Sweated, Braised, Pan Fried, Deep Fried, Stewed, etc. To learn more Culinary Uses visit Smart Kitchen’s General Shallot Information.

Pairings

Cured Shallots pair well with: Fresh Basil, Dried Basil, Bay LeafBlack PepperWhite PepperCaraway SeedsCardamom, Cayenne, CilantroCinnamonClovesCorianderCumin Seeds, Curry, Dill, Mace, MarjoramMintPaprikaFlat Leaf ParsleyCilantroRosemarySaffronSageKosher SaltSea SaltBrown SugarGranulated SugarThyme, Lemon Thyme, Apples, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Mangoes, Raisins, Golden Raisins, Vegetables, Beets, Bell Peppers, CarrotsCucumbersGarlic, Chili Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Habanera Peppers, Mushrooms, Black OlivesPeasPotatoesTomatoesMeatsBeefGround BeefHamburgersSandwiches, Pork, Bacon, Liver, PoultryStocks, Beef Stock, Chicken Stock, Veal Stock, Beer, Brandy, Wine, Dry Red Wine, White Wine, Port, ButterUnsalted ButterCheddar CheeseComte CheeseEmmentaler CheeseFromage Blanc Cheese, Goat Cheese, Gruyere CheeseParmesan CheeseSwiss CheeseMilkCreamHeavy CreamCrème FraicheEggsSour CreamBitter GreensMustardDijon MustardSaucesGraviesSoupsOilCanola OilPeanut OilSesame OilVegetable OilGrape Seed OilOlive OilVinegarBalsamic VinegarChampagne VinegarRed Wine VinegarSherry VinegarWhite Wine VinegarApple Cider VinegarRice Wine Vinegar

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes