Shallots -- where to find them cheap in NoVa?
Where can I find shallots cheap in Northern Virginia?
Where can I find them peeled in a jar, as mentioned by Chef Michael Psilakis on Sara Moulton's show, used to make confit?
shallots have always been a PITA to peel for me. i love their subtle sweetness, though. i was first turned on to shallots in a lovely salmon dish in nyc's grand central station oyster bar & restaurant. this a.m. on createtv, julia and jacques were doing shellfish, and they used shallots in virtually every dish. gosh, they made me hungry! ;-).
These aren't peeled in a jar, but the Thai section of your local Asian supermarket (Grandmart Sterling and Lotte Chantilly both have them) has fried shallots in a jar at unbelievable prices. They may be marked as fried red onions. I have become a big fan of these. They're easy to use and work in a lot of dishes.
I second the fried shallots. They are totally addictive. (like French's fried onions but better)
You can also try freeze dried shallots from Penzy's Spices--stores in Rockville and Falls Church. They are not as good as fresh but works very well when I don't feel like peeling and chopping.
Are you sure he was making his own confit and not buying ready-made shallots confit like this:
Because I've found the above confit previously at Whole Foods. It's great stuff, but I'd rather just caramelize my own shallots/onions and freeze that in a jar myself for later use...