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 Post subject: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:43 am 
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I can't imagine why shallots cost so much - a tiny bag containing four shallots costs several dollars (forget exactly how much I paid last time). Are they harder to grow than other alliums? Leeks can be ridiculously high also. But what's potato soup without leeks?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:53 am 
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How much is several dollars to you? Checking prices around here (NYC), they seem to go for $3.00 a pound.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:58 am 
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Most fancy grocery stores sell them in those small, expensive bags. Have you tried looking at international grocery stores, the kind that are generally more utilitarian than fancy? I can usually find bulk shallots for a good price that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
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I can't imagine why shallots cost so much - a tiny bag containing four shallots costs several dollars (forget exactly how much I paid last time). Are they harder to grow than other alliums? Leeks can be ridiculously high also. But what's potato soup without leeks?


I think it depends on where you are. I don't find shallots or leeks to be particularly expensive where I live, but I live less than 100 miles from the Central Valley, which produces around 90% of the fruits and nuts that are consumed in America, and less than 50 miles from tons of various smaller farms, so produce in my area is comparatively cheap.

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The shallots in the little mesh bags are ridiculously expensive. One of the grocery stores I shop at regularly has them loose/bulk and they're much cheaper (but still more expensive than garlic/onions - I want to say about $4/lb?). Sometimes I'll sub red onion (like in dressings), but if it's a recipe where you actually taste them I'll pony up for the real deal.

I think leeks are expensive, too, but I think the ones I get are bigger than average because one leek will give me what a recipe says 2 or 3 should yield.


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They are not expensive where I live, nor are leeks. It's one of the few local veggies we can buy throughout most of the year, so they are generally less expensive than most vegetables, which are usually imported.

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Shallots aren't as commonly grown as onions and often don't store as well, which can account for pricing. And leeks also don't store well once harvested.

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They're not expensive at my go-to grocery store and are sold individually/by pound.

That said, they're rotten about 90% of the time. So I definitely think it comes down to a supply and demand issue.

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At Asian grocery stores they are super cheap.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:16 pm 
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My grocery store (Sprouts) sells them individually with the onions and garlic for about $3/lb. I don't consider that expensive since the onions are about $1/lb and you generally use less volume in shallot than onion.

I have noticed that any sort of item sold in the little bags gets really expensive. Like it's $5/lb for the regular bulk ginger, but a tiny nub of old ginger sold in a bag is also $5.


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Both shallots and leeks are expensive here, at least compared to onions/garlic. Chives are also expensive considering they grow like weeds here.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:36 am 
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Thanks - I have never seen them in bulk and will have to search. The only way my local store sells them is in those little bags. And sometimes I find that one or more of them is all dried up when I go to cut it.


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Sometimes I can find them unpackaged near the garlic/onions in the produce section and they're relatively cheap. Other times they only have them in branded packages (Melissa's, maybe?), and those are expensive.

(The chefs at work will just let me have one or two if I ask, so I stopped buying them. Shazam!)


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Shallots are jerks because they are so precious in flavour and replacing them with yellow onion or whatever doesn't do justice. They are expensive-ish here, and very often rotten.


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They tend to be cheapish here, though not onion level cheap... $2/lb is pretty normal at the farmer's market or Indian grocery near me. They are WAY more expensive in the mesh bag at TJs or Whole Foods. Here at least I think it's a "luxury" markup. Shallots are fancy, ya'll.

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Whoever is behind that tiny mesh bag scheme is a millionaire.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
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Whoever is behind that tiny mesh bag scheme is a millionaire.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
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The pic explains all. They must be expensive because of the recipes inside.

I also buy them in bulk. Apart from the lower price per weight, it also means I can buy just one if I want just one, so it ends up better than having to use the rest before they grow moldy.

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 Post subject: Re: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
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Not if I can find ones. But I rarely find good organic ones around here :( (as several have noted already, many usually aren't fresh any more)
So most often subbing it with other onions, most often yellow onions since you can get those organic in most shops.


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 Post subject: Re: Do you find shallots to be terribly expensive?
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i think they are just expensive in those bags. the main grocery store i go to sells them loose and they are more expensive than regular onions but still pretty cheap especially since i rarely buy more than 1 at a time

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