It’s true that artichoke is a superfood. It’s full of fiber and vitamins, and it’s also delicious in salads and dips. If you’re looking to add artichoke to your diet but aren’t sure how best to prepare it, this guide should help you get started!
Step One: Get an artichoke.
Artichokes are a type of vegetable that you can find in grocery stores or at farmers’ markets. They’re usually sold with their leaves still attached, so you’ll need to trim them off before cooking the artichoke.
Artichokes are best when they’re fresh and young; older ones tend to be tougher and more bitter than younger ones. You can keep them in your fridge for up to two weeks after buying them, but once they start getting soft around the edges (or if they look any older than about two months old), it’s best not to eat them anymore because they may be rotten inside!
They’re also expensive–they cost about $10 each! So if you want more than one for dinner tonight, make sure everyone else agrees beforehand so no one ends up footing too much of an unexpected bill afterward…unless someone else wants ?”
Step Two: Rinse the artichoke.
After you’ve removed the stem and leaves, it’s time to rinse the artichoke. You need to do this carefully and thoroughly, because dirt or grit on the leaves can ruin your meal. If you have a brush with long bristles, use it to get into all of those little crevices where dirt tends to hide. If not, don’t worry–a vegetable scrubber will do just fine! Or use a sponge (make sure it’s clean). Either way, rinse off every inch of your artichoke until no more soap bubbles come out when running water over its surface
Step Three: Cut off the bottom of the artichoke.
- Use a sharp knife to cut off the bottom of the artichoke.
- Cut as close to the base as possible, but don’t cut off too much or you’ll end up with an inedible mess.
- Remove any dark green leaves around this area by pulling them off with your fingers. This will make it easier for them to cook evenly and prevent burning on blackened parts of your artichoke after it’s been cooked in water or oil (see step four).
Step Four: Soak the artichoke in water.
Now that you’ve trimmed the artichoke and removed its leaves, it’s time to soak it. To do this, place the artichoke in a bowl and cover with water (this will keep the artichoke from turning brown). Soak for at least 30 minutes, but longer if you want to eat the artichoke raw–the longer you soak an unpeeled, uncooked vegetable like this one, the easier it will be for your teeth to penetrate its outer skin when you chew on it later!
Step Five: Remove the outer leaves of the artichoke by pulling them outward, toward you, until they snap off cleanly at the point where they meet the body of the vegetable.
Now it’s time to remove the outer leaves. Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of your artichoke, exposing its heart. Then use a spoon to dig out any leaves or thorns that have been hiding there.
Once you’ve removed all those pesky inedible parts, you can pull outward on each remaining leaf until it snaps off cleanly at its base with little effort–a satisfying sound that signals a job well done!
Step Six: Cut out a cone-shaped piece from each leaf.
Cut out a cone-shaped piece from each leaf. To do this, cut off the top 1/3 to 1/2 inch of each leaf with a paring knife and discard it. Don’t worry about getting too close to the base of the artichoke; you’ll be removing it soon anyway!
Step Seven: Rub lemon juice all over the unpeeled base of the artichoke to prevent it from turning black while cooking and eating.
Finally, rub lemon juice all over the unpeeled base of the artichoke to prevent it from turning black while cooking and eating. You can use any type of lemon juice (fresh is best), but make sure that you rub it on with your hands or use a brush so that there are no leftover bits.
Step Eight (Optional): Fill a pot with water with lemon juice and add salt to taste (optional). Put your artichokes into this bath or boil them in water until soft enough to eat. If you want to eat your chokes raw, leave them as is and skip step 12!
If you want to eat your chokes raw, skip this step.
To boil an artichoke: Fill a pot with water and add lemon juice (optional). Add salt to taste (optional). Put your artichoke into this bath or boil it in water until soft enough to eat.
This is a great recipe to try if you’ve never cooked an artichoke before. It’s easy and fun, and the end result is delicious!