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Old 09-28-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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HELP: How to cook an artichoke from scratch!!

Artichokes are one of my favourite foods but i have only eaten them in restaurants because when i attempt to cook them at home- its always a disaster! Please can someone who has cooked artichokes explain to me how you do it! Any help out there??

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Old 09-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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Artichokes are one of my favourite foods but i have only eaten them in restaurants because when i attempt to cook them at home- its always a disaster! Please can someone who has cooked artichokes explain to me how you do it! Any help out there??
Globe, jerusalem or chinese? May I suggest Jane Grigson's "Vegetable Book"?
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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What do you think you are doing wrong? And why are they a disaster? We need a little more information.

I can tell you right now that after preparing them, you need to put them in a large kettle or pot and steam them till you can easily pull out one leaf without tugging on it. After that all possibilities are possible.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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I use the same technique my dad used when he would rescue a crate that fell off the top of his truck while hauling in a load of artichokes from the Delta to the packing shed. (It's amazing how many crates fell off his truck). Trim the stump, pull off the lower leaves until you get to the big ones, cut off the top so you can see the "choke". If you can see stickers above the choke, dig them out, snip off any spines from the leaves with scissors, give them a goo wash and put them in a big pot and boil them until the heart can be pierced and the leaves pull off easily. Make your favorite dipping sauce, get a plate for discards and dig in.
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I use the same technique my dad used when he would rescue a crate that fell off the top of his truck while hauling in a load of artichokes from the Delta to the packing shed. (It's amazing how many crates fell off his truck). Trim the stump, pull off the lower leaves until you get to the big ones, cut off the top so you can see the "choke". If you can see stickers above the choke, dig them out, snip off any spines from the leaves with scissors, give them a good wash and put them in a big pot and boil them until the heart can be pierced and the leaves pull off easily. Make your favorite dipping sauce, get a plate for discards and dig in.
I know that feeling. Like when the army decided to use my home for storing food. Taking it out to the guys on maneuvers made the load too heavy and wasted a lot of gas. They were very grateful that I was willing to use it up rather than waste it. Most of my neighbors were soldiers and they did get their share after I did all the cooking. I am sure the high command would have sent me a thank you note if he had the time.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:58 PM   #6
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I just trim them, cutting off the stem and removing the small leaves at the bottom then put them in a pan of boiling water and simmer for about 3/4 of an hour or until the leaves pull out easily. Then I just dip the leaves in melted butter until I get to the choke, which I remove, then eat the the artichoke bottom with the rest of the butter.

I don't usually do them for anyone else as I find them really fiddly to prepare in the restaurant way. BBC - Food - Techniques : Preparing artichoke hearts
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:58 PM   #7
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The stem is one of the best parts! Don't throw it away!

Peel it and cook it!
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I melt butter, add garlic, lemon pepper, a bit of lemon juice and more garlic
for the dipping sauce.
Expect 20 to 30 minutes of steaming for big ones.
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This is all we do of these artichokes.

We get the whole one, and slice off the stem so it is very close to the plant. We then take these bottom leaves out until this looks like it starts for the meat.

Steam these into a double boiler until the fork inserted into the stem comes in and out easily with no resistance.

We pull off the leaves of this, and put these into a sauce of melted butter, cracked black pepper and dip the meat portion of the leaves into this.

When the artichoke is coming down to the inedible portion before the heart of it, scrape out the inedible portion of this and throw this away.

Cut the parts of the tender hearts into the butter mixture and you will enjoy eating this!

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The stem is one of the best parts! Don't throw it away!

Peel it and cook it!
The ones I have tried to eat have been very fibrous, wonder if it is due to the age of the artichoke?
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