I have been avoiding pearl onions for some time now. You’re probably wondering why anyone would avoid such a cute, innocent, tiny onion. Well, my problem with pearl onions is they are a big pain to peel.
You would think that since they are so little that they would be easy to peel. However, they are not. I’ve cut off the ends and peeled them before but then you’re left with almost nothing. So, I set out to figure out how to peel these delicious cuties in the easiest way possible. I went through many blog posts and how-to pages.
Finally, I just decided to blend a few ideas together.
How To Peel Pearl Onions
1. Bring some water to a boil
2. Drop your pearl onions in the boiling water. (Careful not to splash yourself)
3. Let them boil for 1-2 minutes.
4. Take the pot off the stove and pour over a colander.
5. Then pour your onions into a bowl with cold water. (Everything I read online said to pour into an ice bath but I felt like that was a waste of ice so I just used very cold water) Let them sit in the cold water for 1-2 minutes.
6. Then place an onion between your thumb and pointer finger.
7. Then squeeze, like this:
I love using pearl onions in beef bourguignon. The first time I made beef bourguignon I added these cute little onions, peel and all. Yea, pretty gross. I had no idea, LOL!
Now that I can quickly and easily peel them at least one of my favorite recipes will be easier to make. Maybe I’ll make it more often.