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cipollini onions - best way to peel?

Tom P Sep 12, 2007 02:16 PM

I love them but tend to mangle them and waste a lot of the onion trying to get the skin and roots off, given the way they bend. I just bought 4 very large ones, gorgeous, and didn't want to mangle them yet again.

Any suggestions/tricks?

Thanks as always.

  1. Quine Sep 12, 2007 03:04 PM

    Try the dip in boiling water for about 30 sec then peel method. That is how we used to deal with them in the kitchens.

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    1. re: Quine
      capetowngirlie Sep 13, 2007 12:52 AM

      I top and tail trim them, and make an incision along the side, dip in boiling water for up to a minute if they're big, then put them into a big kitchen towel and rub the skins off.

      1. re: Quine
        Kelli2006 Sep 13, 2007 09:25 AM

        Quine, that is the only way I know to peel them. We would put them in a pasta basket or a spider, dip in boiling water, and them shock them in ice water.

        I love them baked with a bit of garlic, browned butter and sage.

      2. c
        cheesemonger Sep 12, 2007 02:48 PM

        I cut the root end off, then cut a cross into the bottom of the onion. This way I can assess the least wasteful way to peel. Unfortunately, I've found that at least 2 layers have to go in order to have only good stuff remaining.

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