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Old 08-29-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Boiling Artichokes Question???

Having a minor debate with someone about how to cook artichokes. Preference of method aside, let's assume you're going to boil artichokes. We are at high altitude (about 6K ft in CO). I say you need to boil a standard XL artichoke (about the size of a softball) for 40-50 minutes. The other party in the debate says 90 minutes? Seems awfully long? Please weigh in if you have opinion/useful information. Thanks!!!

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with high altitude boiling time differences. However, the best way to settle the argument is to go with the infamous adage, "Cook it until it is done.", noting the times.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
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I agree with Andy. You should give it try and take notes about it for future reference.....Near as I can tell, water boils at around 201 degrees at 6,000 ft. The cooking time would need to a little longer, but 90 minutes does seem to be a very long time.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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I also use Andy's method. Not every large artichoke is the same size so I cook them until they are done... a fork pierces the heart easily (that sounds grim).
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When I am so fortunate to get FRESH artichokes, I like to steam them until done.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:07 PM   #8
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1976...that was the last time I boiled an artichoke at high altitude...I don't remember.

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Old 08-30-2013, 07:44 AM   #9
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I steam them for maybe 20-30 min at sea level.

90 min seems waaaaay too long.

But this question has only one answer: till its to your doneness.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:19 AM   #10
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I live in Montana, I boil (steam) for 45-50 minutes. Lately I've been using a pressure cooker. I really don't think you can over boil an artichoke.
It may take longer to bring water to a boil at higher altitude, but once it starts to boil, cook as usual.
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