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Easy artichoke choke removal

I love stuffed artichokes and make lots of them when I do make them....but, find removing the choke soooo difficult. Is there a tool, or trick anyone knows of?

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Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

added about 1 year ago

I use an old grapefruit spoon. It's perfect, with the serrated edge, for digging out just the hairy spiky part and leaving the heart.

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WileyP added about 1 year ago

I rarely stuff mine, but once they are steamed, I'll cut them in half top-to-bottom and use a spoon to dig out the choke. I like Cathy's idea of a grapefruit spoon, though, and will pick one up next time I'm in the big city!

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cookbookchick added about 1 year ago

I bought a set on eBay. Also saw some at Target the other day. They are handy -- also for grapefruit! ;-)

Chris_in_oslo

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 year ago
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I use a melon baller, but I probably use it just like a grapefruit spoon.

Joey Emmert added about 1 year ago

I just removed the chokes from several artichokes I am hoping to stuff on Thursday for dinner. Should I freeze them until then? And can I use the leaves (steam then maybe)?

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pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added about 1 year ago

Yes, a melon baller is exactly what I use as well. But I also trim the tough leaves and skin the stem so that what goes out on the plate is entirely edible.

Junechamp

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added about 1 year ago

Only problem with the melon-baller is it doesn't have that serrated edge that makes getting under the choke so muche easier.

Chris_in_oslo

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 year ago

My melon baller has a serated edge, and I'd thought it was pretty typical. Mine looks like this http://www.cutleryandmore...

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