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Video:How to Cook Artichokes

with Rachel Edelman

Artichokes are fun to eat and taste great in recipes. Watch three easy ways to cook an artichoke, plus learn how to find the artichoke's heart.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook Artichokes

Hi, I'm Rachel Edelman for About.com Food. Cooking an artichoke may seem a bit intimidating, but it's not as complicated as it looks. Today I'm going to show you three different ways to cook an artichoke.

Prepare the Artichoke

Here's the artichoke we are going to use. First, rinse the artichoke and pull off any of the bottom discolored leaves. With your knife, cut off the entire stem right at the base.

Steam the Artichoke

To steam the artichoke, boil an inch or two of water, and place your steamer on top with the artichoke. Cover and steam for 25 to 45 minutes. You'll see the color of the artichoke change. Place it upside down on a rack to drain.

Boil the Artichoke

To boil, place the artichoke in a pot with three inches of boiling water and cover. Boil gently for 25 to 40 minutes. You can test to see if it's ready by pulling out a stem close to the middle of the artichoke. If it pulls out easily, you're done.

Microwave the Artichoke

You can also microwave your artichoke. Place it in a microwave-safe dish, upside down, with 1/4 cup of water and some lemon juice. Cover and microwave for 5 to 7 minutes. Then let stand for another 5 minutes.

Test the artichoke by pulling out a petal. The bottom, pulpy part of the petal should be soft. It is fun to eat from the petals. Pull the bottom of the petal through your teeth, or use a spoon.

Find the Artichoke Heart

To get to the heart, pull apart all of the center petals. Remove the small purple leaves and the white fuzzy parts. Underneath the fuzz is the artichoke heart. This is the part that most people use for their recipes.

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