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Jan 17, 2013 10:57 AM

Frozen Pearl Onions

Hi - I would like to make a Beef Bourguignon and it calls for frozen pearl onions. Can't seem to find them anywhere. Help!

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  1. What's wrong with using fresh ones, they can be found in any grocer or supermarket.

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    1. re: JerkPork

      I agree although it's just very time consuming to peel them, :)

        1. re: FrenchPeach

          An easy trick to peeling them. Cover them with boiling water for a few minutes, drain and run under cold water for a second until easy to touch. Now all you'll have to do is slice the top and they'll squeeze right out of their skin.

      1. I'm not in Canada, but do ask at your local supermarkets. Around here, every supermarket at some time or other carries the "Birds-Eye" brand of frozen pearl onions, & they're of excellent quality. And "Birds-Eye" does have a presence in Canadian markets. Some markets around here only carry them around the holidays, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

        While I have cooked pearl onions from scratch, I fully agree that it's a pain in the a**, & so much easier to toss in a handful or two of the already-blanched frozen ones. I'd make Coq au Vin a lot less than I do without this one shortcut. :)

        1. Another vote for the Birds-Eye frozen! The grocery store I frequent most often never seems to have them, so when I find myself at one of the two stores in town that DO carry them, I stock up!

          A month or two ago I had a pice of chuck that really needed to be cooked, and no time to go all the way across tow. Used fresh pearl onions, and it took forever to peel them...

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          1. re: kcshigekawa

            That's what I use for beef bourguignon, per Ina Garten's recipe for it. In a braise, they're perfectly fine and make the recipe so much less labor intensive.

            I'd rather drill hot screws through my eyeballs than peel all those little onions.

            1. re: kcshigekawa

              you mention two stores that do carry them; is there a reason why you don't share which stores they are?

            2. Aubut has them and if I remember correctly, they were pretty reasonably priced.

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