How to Steam Artichokes

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How to Steam Artichokes. Artichokes are high in cynarin, which lowers cholesterol and is good for the liver and gallbladder. Steaming, since it involves little water, helps to retain the nutrients of the artichokes during cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Knives
  • Distilled Water
  • Timers
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper towels
How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 1

Cut about an inch off the top of each artichoke.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 2

Cut off base and remove small outer leaves, if desired.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 3

Pour an inch of water and a lemon wedge into steamer and allow to boil.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 4

Place artichokes into vegetable steamer, tips up.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 5

Cover and cook for 25 to 40 minutes.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 6

Cut into base of each artichoke to check that it is soft, and make sure inside leaves can be pulled out easily.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 7

Cook five minutes more if artichokes are not done, and then check again, repeating as necessary.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Step 8

Drain artichokes upside down on paper towel.

How to Steam Artichokes
How to Steam Artichokes (Image: RCalzada)

Tips & Warnings

  • Add garlic cloves to the boiling water if desired.
  • You can substitute lemon juice for a lemon wedge.
  • Pressure-steaming artichokes is easy and only takes about 15 minutes.
  • Avoid drinking wine while eating artichokes, because cynarin causes everything else to taste sweeter in your mouth and may alter the flavor of fine wine.
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