How to Trim Baby Turnips

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When you trim the greens off of baby turnips, cut off the root and stem without removing too much of the turnip itself, then simply cut the turnips in half. Learn how to trim your baby turnips in this free video with tips from a cookbook author.

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Hi, I'm Devra Gartenstein with Quirky Gourmet, and today I'm going to show you how to trim baby turnips. Now, these are baby turnips. They are the younger versions of the big sturdy turnips that you get in the Winter. Those have been growing underground for most of the year. These are in the earlier phase of their life cycle and they come with the greens and the greens are wonderful. You can trim them off and cook them with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Just very simple. They're a little peppery. So the baby turnips are just a little sweeter than the bigger ones and to trim them, you want to take off, this is the root here. It's a little stringy. So you just want to cut that off. You want to take off as little as possible because the more you cut off, the less you have left to eat and then again just at the top here you want to take off the stem but you want to take off as little of the actual turnip bulb as possible and then when you cook the greens, you don't want to cook the stems so you just take these off like this. So, once you've trimmed these baby turnips, they're almost bite-size already. So, you really just have to cut them in half, or maybe the bigger ones, you can quarter them, and then what I like to do with them is braise them. So let's cook them in a tasty liquid. My favorite is a little bit of fresh rosemary, orange juice, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and just cook them until they're tender. You have nice, bite-size pieces. It really doesn't take very long. So, here you have trimmed baby turnips.

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