What is the secret to keeping artichokes bright green? I've steamed, boiled, covered, uncovered, but they always turn drab olive - very unappetizing. I must have missed the memo...help!

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Mr_Vittles
Mr_Vittles October 31, 2010

Acidulated water! After trimming just make sure to keep them in a bowl of cold tap water with a couple lemons squeezed into it, then added. The acid in the water will stop the artichokes from browning, and when it comes time to cook them, sauteed in olive oil, bacon fat, or roasted in a 400 degree F oven will do the trick.

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pierino
pierino October 31, 2010

Yes, acidulated water should work fine although you will probably have to weigh them down to keep them submerged, Normally though it's only the chokes that will turn brown when exposed to air. my method for cooking them is normally to braise them with mint. Carciofi alla romana.

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Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer October 31, 2010

As suggested above, a little lemon juice will do the trick. This is useful to keep in mind for a lot of things that go brown.

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latoscana
latoscana October 31, 2010

Thanks, folks. Lemons - how simple!

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