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How to prep pearl onions

Red Pearl Onions, Raw And Uncleaned

Prepping pearl onions requires a bit of effort, but will make a difference in soups and stews or as a side dish when roasted, braised or glazed.

Start by bringing a saucepan of water to a boil (for blanching the onions). Next, prepare an ice bath -- just a large bowl with a quart of water and 1 cup of ice cubes -- that you will use to cool down the onions after blanching.

Make A Small Incision At The Root End Of The Pearl Onion

Cut off the root end of each pearl onion -- don't cut too much off, maybe 1/16 of an inch. Blanching will loosen the skins and they'll slip off easily.

Blanching Pearl Onions For Peeling

Blanch the pearl onions by boiling them in water for 1 to 2 minutes until their skins look bubbly and translucent.

Removing Blanched Pearl Onions With A Slotted Spoon

With a slotted spoon, remove them to the ice bath so that they stop cooking and become cool enough to peel.

Chilling Blanched Pearl Onions

Let them cool for 5 minutes in the ice bath, or until they're cool enough to handle.

Peeling The Blanched Pearl Onions

Now just slip their skins off.

Peeling Cooled, Blanched Pearl Onions

Since you've already removed the root, the skins will be loose and easy to peel off.

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