How to store fresh artichokes
When it comes to storing artichokes, there are various methods of doing so, depending on how much time you want to wait before cooking them. You need to choose the most suitable preservation method in order to conserve this vegetable's properties and savour its taste. We'll show you how to preserve artichokes in this oneHOWTO article so that you'll understand clearly.
First and foremost, it's very important to select the right artichokes when you go shopping. There are many factors to bear in mind to ensure that you choose those in optimal condition and that will pack the tastiest punch. To help you determine how to choose artichokes correctly, here at OneHowTo, we'll provide some useful tips and tricks.
If preparing the artichokes on the same day you buy them, or immediately afterwards, store them in the fridge without washing them. It is advisable to keep the fresh artichokes in an airtight bag or a bag tied with a knot, and place it in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
It is also important to know that artichokes oxidise very easily, which means that they go off very quickly. To prevent this from happening, while washing and peeling them, submerge them in water with salt and lemon to prevent oxidation and keep them in optimum condition during preparation.
If, after all, you decide not to cook the artichokes, you can freeze them to conserve them without spoiling and you could then use them another time. To do this, you will need first need to wash and peel them, then boil or blanch them before placing them in the freezer. For a step-by-step guide on how to do this, take a look at our how to freeze artichokes article.
Another good option for preserving artichokes for a longer period of time is to pack them in glass jars. The preparation of jarred artichokes will be very similar to that for freezing them in that you should blanch them after having washed and peeled them. You can also slice them so that they fit better into sterilised jars and will be kept in optimal conditions for a long period of time.
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