VEGETABLES, how to

- kitchen tips and tricks
First published: April 12, 2003, Netherlands

Type

Quality

Max. time

Suitable:

To prepare

Blanch?

Remarks:

Endives

young, tender

10 12 months

well

Clean, wash, cut

3 min.

stew frozen

Artichokes

firm, elastic

10 12 months

well

snip off leaf points, wash, peel/wash bottom rub with lemon

small: 5 min.

large: 7 min.

frozen in boiling water with lemon and salt

Asparagus

fresh, white, not woody

10 12 months

very well

sort according to thickness, wash, peel, cut woody parts with stainless knife

cook almost well done

thaw by pouring boiling water over

Celery

young, firm

10 12 months

well

remove the outer stems and leaves

according to thickness: 2 3 min.

frozen in boiling water or bouillon

Cauliflower

white, firm, with fresh green leaf

10 12 months

well

Clean and, optional, divide in florets. Place the cauliflower salted during 1/2 hours in cold water with the stem up

cook almost well done

thaw by pouring boiling water over

Kale

10 12 months

very well

Remove hard parts, wash

cook almost well done

before freezing chop or not. Frozen in boiling water

Beans white

not mealy

10 12 months

very well

peel beans

3 4 min.

Mushrooms

young, tender, nicely white, closed heads

3 4 months

very well

cut dried out part off the stem, wash in water with dash vinegar or lemon, cut the largest

simmer well done in butter with little lemon, pepper and salt

bring frozen on temperature over low heat

Capsule peas

fresh, young, green

10 12 months

very well

peel peas, wash in cold water (bad peas will float)

small: 1-2 min. large 3 min.

Green herbs:

parsley, chervil, young celery, chives

fresh and young

10 12 months

very well

wassen, chop or grind, pack

do not blanch

Turnip

fresh, fixed

10 h 12 months

very well

clean, wash, peel, cube or slice

2 4 min.

prepare frozen

Turnip celery

Not dried-out

10 12 months

well

Peel, wash, cut in strips or cubes

5 min.

prepare frozen

Cucumber

yellow and green

fresh

10 12 months

well

yellow: remove peel and seeds, green: freeze complete

do not blanch

as soon as possible, if necessary peel and in slice

Bell pepper

deep red or shiny green

10 12 months

well

well wash, remove stalk and seed lists

do not blanch

prepare frozen

Parsley

fresh, green

10 12 months

very well

remove hard stems, wash, dry, pack

do not blanch

if necessary crush or grind frozen

Snow peas

young, fresh

10 12 months

well

remove stems, wash

2 min.

prepare frozen

Purslane

green, fresh

10 12 months

well

clean, wash

1/2 1 min.

Add to soup frozen

Leek

10 12 months

well

wash, cut

3 min.

prepare frozen or add to soup

Beetroot

small or medium

10 12 months

very well

clean, peel

cook well done

prepare frozen

Red cabbage

fixed

8 10 months

very well

complete preparing

do not blanch

bring frozen on temperature

Black salsify

fresh

10 12 months

well

Wash, scrape, place in water with little vinegar or lemon (to keep white colour), cut

3 4 min.

prepare frozen

Runner beans

young, without wires

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash, cut

3 min.

prepare frozen

Soup-

vegetables

fresh

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash, cut

4 6 min.

Spinach

young, fresh

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash

2 3 min.

after blanching optional chop

White cabbage

young, fixed

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash, cut

2 3 min.

prepare frozen

Brussels sprouts

green, fresh, goedgesloten

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash in salted water

3 4 min.

prepare frozen

Green beans

fresh, young, without wires, without spots

10 12 months

very well

Clean, wash

4 5 min.

prepare frozen

Tomatoes (complete)

not too large with little seed

10 12 months

average

wash, dry, pack

do not blanch

slice

Tomatoes

pieces

firm pulp

10 12 months

very well

peel and remove seeds

do not blanch

suitable for garnish and finishing sauces

Tomatoes

mashed (paste)

10 12 months

very well

cook with very little water to mush, through strainer

do not blanch

add to soup frozen or add water for tomato juice

Broad beans

young, soft, small without spots

10 12 months

very well

capsules, wash

3 4 min.

prepare frozen

Corn

not too ripe, juicy

10 12 months

very well

remove stem and leaves

3 4 min.

thaw by pouring boiling water over

Chicory

fresh

10 12 months

very well

Clean, remove core, wash

4 5 min.

prepare frozen

White cabbage

10 12 months

well

Clean, wash, cut

2 min.

prepare frozen

Carrots

young, sweet, firm

10 12 months

well

scrape, remove green parts

2 3 min.

prepare frozen

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