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How to peel pearl onions

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Fresh pearl onions are the devil to peel unless you know a little trick—blanch them in boiling water first, and they practically peel themselves. Here’s how:

Trim the root ends of the onions. Blanch the onions in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.

Pinch each onion at its stem end, and it should just slip out of its skin. If not, use a paring knife to remove the skin.

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