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A question about a recipe: Carrot Avocado Salad


I have a question about the recipe "Carrot Avocado Salad" from merrill. Why is it that you put the carrots in water before it boils. Wouldn't that take the flavor out of the carrots and into the water? Wouldn't putting the carrots in boiling water seal in the carrot flavor?

asked by grab18 about 4 years ago
4 answers 1926 views
Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 4 years ago

The general rule with root vegetables is to put them in water first and bring the water to a boil -- the idea being that it allows time for the heat to cook the interior without overcooking the exterior. Hope this makes sense.

added about 4 years ago

heat management is all about getting the interior of the good to the temp we want without over cooking the outside. Since root vegetables are often cut into largeish pieces, we want the chunks to all come up to temp at the same time.

Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 4 years ago

What Amanda and ChrisBird said!

added about 4 years ago

I was actually wondering why they are boiled at all instead of roasted the whole way through. Also, I often find that my roasted carrots have an unpleasant carroty taste. They're not rotten, but sometimes the flavor s just carroty in the not greatest way. Does that ring a bell with anyone. Thanks again for this recipe. This is one of my favorite salads and the first thing I had when I fell in love with ABC Kitchen.