I walked into the grocery store the other day and they had a sign posted.
Arti-chokes three for a $1.00. Needless to say I did not want to cross paths with Arti and become his next victim. So I picked up my fresh artichokes and went straight to checkout. Tonight I brought up a site on the computer that showed how to prep fresh artichokes.
How to cook Artichokes
1. If the artichokes have little thorns on the end of the leaves, take a kitchen scissors and cut of the thorned tips of all of the leaves. This step is mostly for aesthetics as the thorns soften with cooking and pose no threat to the person eating the artichoke.
2. Slice about 3/4 inch to an inch off the tip of the artichoke.
3. Pull off any smaller leaves towards the base and on the stem.
4. Cut excess stem, leaving up to an inch on the artichoke. The stems tend to be more bitter than the rest of the artichoke, but some people like to eat them. Alternatively you can cut off the stems and peel the outside layers which is more fibrous and bitter and cook the stems along with the artichokes.
5. Rinse the artichokes in running cold water.
6. In a large pot, put a couple inches of water, a clove of garlic, a slice of lemon, and a bay leaf (this adds wonderful flavor to the artichokes). Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 25 to 45 minutes or until the outer leaves can easily be pulled off. Note: artichokes can also be cooked in a pressure cooker (about 15-20 minutes cooking time). Cooking time depends on how large the artichoke is, the larger, the longer it takes to cook.
After following these steps my artichokes were not completely tender. I have them marinating in 1part Rice vinegar,Balsamic blend to 10 parts water. Placing food in vinegar is another recognized cooking method in the Culinary world. In a few days I will try the artichoke pedals again and let you know how it turned out.
And Yes, I know; cereal killer should have been spelled serial killer. :)