How to Boil Artichokes Properly
Do you know what one of the most beneficial vegetables for the body is? The artichoke, because it has outstanding diuretic and detoxifying properties, among others, being mostly composed of water. Thus, it is advisable to incorporate artichokes in a balanced diet in order to exploit all their advantages. And although there are a myriad of ways to cooking artichokes, eating them boiled is one of the simplest and healthy. Therefore, on OneHowTo we explain step by step how to boil artichokes properly.
An important prerequisite to boil artichokes, is choosing them at the market or supermarket, so on OneHowTo we explain some advice about how to choose artichokes so they are tender and fresh.
Also, before you boil artichokes, will need to peel them properly to remove the toughest leaves and keep the tender ones. To do this, we suggest that you check our article on how to peel artichokes where we explain all the details.
You should know that artichokes, besides coming with a host of beneficial properties to the body, oxidize quickly. To avoid this, you will need to put them in water with lemon, so we recommend that you add it directly to the pan in which you cook the artichokes and put it on to heat. If you prefer, you can put a bowl with water and lemon and keep them there until the water is boiling.
Add salt to the cooking water and when the water starts to boil, put the peeled artichokes in the saucepan. It is important that all vegetables are covered with water, so you'll need a large enough pan; also, you can use a utensil to press down so they don't come out of the water, like a bowl or steaming basket.
You must leave the artichokes to boil for about 15 minutes, although the best thing to do is pierce them with a knife or other sharp tool to check whether they are soft or if they still need to be cooked more. Once they are ready, remove them from the water and your delicious boiled artichokes are ready.
The resulting water from cooking artichokes is very beneficial as a natural remedy for conditions such as uric acid or to treat fluid retention, as it is a diuretic. So if you suffer from a problem of this type, we recommend you do not discard it and drink it as if it were an infusion.
Another way of cooking artichokes that preserves their flavor and all their vitamins is to steam them. To steam artichokes, you will have to prepare them as you would in the first method. Then, place them in a steamer, above boiling water.
You can add a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon and a bay leaf to the water to give the artichokes more flavor. Using this method, you will have to steam the artichokes for about 40 minutes or until they are completely soft.
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