How to Blanch Vegetables for a Veggie Platter

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Blanching vegetables is a great way to preserve both the texture and the color for vegetable trays. Blanch vegetables for a veggie platter with help from a healthy food chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Lee Cotton, healthy chef and pilates instructor, and today I'm going to teach you how to blanch vegetables for a crudites. So, this is a simple way to blanch vegetables is to preserve the texture and color so it makes it look beautiful when you have a vegetable tray. So we're going to start off with a pot of water. As you can see it's already boiling and you want to fill the pot to the top with water. You also want to add some salt and as you add the salt, depending on the size of your pot you want it to taste, the water taste salty. So, I've already added the salt and the water is boiling. I'm going to use asparagus, one of my favorite vegetables. So, you take the vegetable of your choice and you submerge it into the boiling hot water. Now as you do so you want to watch the vegetables. You want to cook it but not completely, you want to cook it until it's tender. So you just watch the vegetables and you allow it to slightly cook and as you're watching you'll notice how beautiful bright the vegetable colors will get. You're going to want to have a bowl of water on the side that has ice and allow the ice to come right to the top of the water. So my asparagus looks like it's done, how exciting and now here comes the fun part. You're going to submerge the half cooked asparagus into water and you just allow it to submerge so it stops cooking. And this preserves the color of the vegetable and the texture for a vegetable tray. I'm Lee Cotton, owner of Pilatesandyourpalate.com, and this is how you blanch vegetables for a vegetable tray.

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