Buying & StoringFrom grower to retailer, all stakeholders work on creating a shallot of perfect quality. But shallots are products of nature, straight from the soil. And occasionally a less than perfect example may slip through the quality inspections. When buying shallots make sure there is no sign of any white or green sprouting from the top. A sprouting shallot is past its best.
In supermarkets shallots are usually found in the fruit and vegetable section close to their family garlic and onions. They are often sold in nets so they are easy to see and stay firm and fresh.
Storing shallots at home is easy. Preferably store them in a cool, dry place such as the cellar or the pantry. Do not store shallots in plastic bags, as good air circulation is important. Fresh shallots that are stored cool and dry can be kept for several weeks, so you always have a fresh and flavoursome ingredient on hand!
Once peeled, whole shallots can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.