How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Shallots, in Season in November

October 30, 2015

Shallots can be used interchangeably with onions, but they have one advantage over the more common alliums: They have a sweeter flavor. This makes them particularly good when roasted or cooked in a boozy combination of cider and bourbon—we eat them as side dishes all autumn long.

How to Buy
Like onions, shallots should have a thin, dry papery skin that shows no signs of moisture. Look for shallots that are fully encased in this paper, and are not soft, mushy, or gashed.

How to Store
Keep your shallots right alongside the onions and garlic, in a cool, dark place…