How to Cook Artichokes

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Artichokes are a great vegetable and easy to prepare and are actually the unopened flower bud of a thistle-like plant. They are available year round but their peak time is March to May.

Things You'll Need

  • Artichoke
  • Lemon Juice
  • Butter
  • Large pot
  • Lid
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Colander

How to Cook Artichokes

  • Clean the artichoke completely by submerging it in warm salt water for an hour to remove dirt and other foreign substances.

  • Prepare the artichokes: Cut the bottom stem from the artichokes with a knife, using a cutting board. Cut off the bottom stems so it is flat and can sit upright in the pot to cook.

  • Remove the outer leaves of the artichoke near the bottom and dispose of the leaves. These leaves are the tough outer leaves and do not make for good eating.

  • Cut off an inch of the top of the artichoke using a knife.

  • Snip the top of the remaining leaves with the scissors, taking off the spikes off the leaves to make them easier to eat.

  • Place the artichokes inside a pot and situate them next to each other. Only put in the artichokes that will fit standing next to each other in one layer.

  • Take the artichokes out of the pot. Add 4 inches of water to the pot along with a teaspoon of lemon juice. Bring the water to a boil.

  • Once the water is boiling, add the artichokes back into the pot and put a lid over the pot. Reduce the temperature to medium low.

  • Allow the artichokes to simmer in the water for 30 minutes.

  • Remove the artichokes and allow them to drain. The easiest way is to place them in a colander and allow the water to drain out.

  • Serve with butter and lemon juice on the side for dipping the leaves in.

Tips & Warnings

  • This is a great vegetable to serve for dinner parties and also something unique for kids to eat since they can peel off the leaves and dip.
  • Always be careful with hot water.

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