Freeze Dried Shallots[ PURCHASE INFO ]
Freeze Dried Shallots: Freeze dried shallots are a cost effective way to ad a gourmet seasoning to your dishes. One pound of freeze dried shallots is equivalent to eighteen pounds of fresh. Shallots are more expensive than onions or garlic, and are related to both. Shallots have a distinctive but light and slightly sweet flavor that is somewhere between onion and garlic. Although considered a gourmet seasoning, shallots work well with most dishes and will enhance the flavor of fish, chicken, seafood, salads, hamburgers... Freeze dried shallots are convenient for sprinkilng over salads, rice, or pasta. Their mild flavor does not overwhelm and is great sauted with a little butter for use with shrimp or crab. Shallots are popular in Asian and Middle Eastern cooking. They are often fried or roasted and eaten as a snack. Because of their mild flavor they don't affect the breath as garlic and onions can. In spite of their mild flavor in the Middle East they may be soaked in water and then boiled to soften the flavor even more.
Freeze dried shallots require no special storage or refrigeration. Fresh shallots will last about 2 weeks, but the freeze dried version can keep for months. Freeze Dried Shallots do not need to be reconstituted, they can be sprinkled as a topping, or added to any recipe as they are. A small amount goes a long way as they have an 18 to 1 ratio to fresh. Fresh shallots can be found in most supermarkets, but the freeze dried shallots are not so easy to find. They will be higher in price than fresh because the freeze drying process reduces their weight considerably, but they are a better buy per pound.
Where to buy: Freeze Dried