How To Choose and Prepare an Artichoke
Artichokes are tasty, but preparing them can be daunting. With the hassle-free technique in this video, you’ll be rid of this vegetable’s thick, thorny leaves in no time―and can move on to enjoying the fruits of your labor.
What You Need:
cutting board, chef's knife, artichokes, kitchen scissors
Follow These Four Easy Steps:
- 1Make sure the artichoke leaves are intact
When choosing your artichokes, look for tightly-packed leaves; splayed leaves are a sign your vegetables is less than fresh. A couple of brown spots, however, are fine.
- 2Trim the top
Using a knife with a serrated edge, slice off the top half inch for a nice flat surface.
Tip: Artichokes are very tough. If you don’t have a sharp knife, one with a serrated edge will do the trick.
- 3Trim the remaining thorns with scissors
Hold the artichoke by the stalk and use kitchen scissors to snip the pointy tips from the remaining leaves.
- 4Slice off the stem
The stem is edible (and delicious), but if you plan to serve artichokes upright on the plate, slice it off with your knife.
Tip: Refrigerate unwashed artichokes in a plastic bag. A fresh artichoke will keep for up to a week. If the leaves begin to spread, cook it as soon as possible.