Cleaning Artichokes Can Be A Challenge. Here's How You Do It With Ease

January 9, 2019

What can be trickier than pealing an avocado? This sneaky fruit can even leave you without a finger! But you know what, there’s a thing that can surely wreck your brain. The plant called artichoke left thousands of people across the globe wondering how one should eat it. In this article we will reveal the great mystery and teach you how to clean artichokes. Believes us, it is actually much easier than it might seem.

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How to clean artichokes

To be honest, there are multiple ways of cleaning and prepping artichokes for cooking. Some of them are indeed extremely complicating and time-consuming. For instance, the most challenging method suggests you should peel off the leaves, cut the stem off, and cut off the green parts of the bottom of the artichoke and its stem to get to the white, tender part. It takes like forever to do this. That’s why we’ve prepared a much more convenient way of cleaning artichokes for you.

  1. First, rinse your artichokes with cold water and shake them to get the water out.
  2. Cut off the thorny tips of the leaves with a pair of scissors.
  3. Cut approximately one-two inches off of the top of the plant.
  4. Rub some lemon into exposed areas, so that they do not turn brown.
  5. Cut around half of the stem and peel off its skin. Don’t forget to rub in some lemon juice.
  6. Artichokes are ready to be cooked.

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Cooking artichokes: stuffing and grilling

Once you’ve cleaned and prepared your artichokes for cooking, you can stuff them with food – from different kinds of salads to things like rice and meat. Just scoop out the choke inside of the plant with a small spoon or melon baller and you are ready to go. Be sure to pour some lemon juice inside beforehand to prevent the oxidizing process.

Before actually grilling your artichokes, you need to steam them. You can boil a large pot of water and put a steaming basket with the artichokes inside. The plants should not touch the water. Leave them steaming for around 45 minutes. Periodically check if they are already cooked. They should become tender, so that you could easily insert a knife into the stem. After you’ve done that, place the artichokes in a preheated grill over medium heat for around 8-10 minutes. Voila! You’ve got your super delicious, extraordinary dinner ready.

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If you are wondering how to eat this masterpiece properly, we’ve got you covered. Just pull off each leaf one by one scraping the meaty edible parts with your teeth. Some people dip the leaves in different kinds of sauces, like mayonnaise, for instance. Then, after you’re done with the leaves, you’ve got the most delicious part of the artichoke waiting to be eaten – the heart, which is a meaty white bottom of the plant, as well as the inner part of the stem. Bon appetite!

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