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Sep 12, 2007 02:16 PM

cipollini onions - best way to peel?

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

        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

          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.