The first time seeing an artichoke, maybe the only thing that comes to your mind is a picture of a weird plant and you are wondering if it is edible and what the recipes will be, is it really healthy as the rumor or how to store them at home.
No worries, you will have the answers for all these questions right in this article below.
For your information, artichokes are amazingly delicious and good for your health. You can steam, grill, braise, bake, stuff or do anything you like since every recipe has its own special flavor and all are beneficial.
Artichokes are a rich source of nutrients including many essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and proudly rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables. This plant should also be added to the shopping list of those who are in diet due to its low level in fat.
Furthermore, artichokes may help to improve liver, digestive health, lower blood sugar and cholesterol as well.
We hope those basic knowledge of artichokes are enough for you to decide to add them to your daily menu or at least once or twice a week. Now, let’s go further to other fields and the specific methods to store artichokes.
How long do artichokes last?
Of course, there is never an expiration date labeled on fresh and raw vegetables, but normally, a fresh artichoke can last 1 to 4 days at room temperature and up to a week in the fridge. However, you can maximize the shelf life of artichokes in the freezer and the storage time can reach a year.
Sometimes, you can see prepared artichokes that usually sold in a jar in a supermarket and this processed food has a long shelf life, normally a year in the counter if being unopened or half-year in the fridge once opened.
How to tell if artichokes goes bad?
Normally, a fresh artichoke is the one with fleshy leaves, plump with moisture, has a deep green color and firm texture. When your artichoke starts to turn bad, the soonest sign will be the wrinkle and shriveled appearance. It will dry out over time and the color tends to change to dark brown. If there is no rotten smell, mold or severe spoilage, you can just cut off the bad parts and keep the rest to consume.
How to store artichokes?
If you intend to eat artichokes within 1 to 3 days, you can just leave them at room temperature, on the counter and sprinkle a bit water on to maintain the moisture. To expend the shelf life of artichokes a little longer, best keep them in the vegetable drawer of the fridge.
Using a freezer to store your artichokes is an ideal choice to maximize the surviving time of this plant. One thing you should always remember is if you store artichokes in the counter or in the refrigerator, never wash them until ready to cook.
Can you freeze artichokes?
Yes, you can freeze artichokes to make it last up to a year but still keep best quality. Below is the detailed instruction of how to do it.
How to freeze artichokes?
Now you are going to learn how to freeze artichokes properly in just some simple steps.
Tips to freeze artichokes
- It’s recommended to cook artichokes before freezing, don’t freeze raw artichokes as uncooked artichokes tend to turn brown upon thawing and taste pretty awful
Things you’ll need to freeze artichokes
- Freezer-safe containers or bags
- A pot
- Lemon juice
How to freeze artichokes in just 4 steps
- Wash the artichokes thoroughly and boil them
- Let the cooked artichokes cool at room temperature or in cold water and sprinkle with a small amount of lemon juice to prevent darkening
- Cut them into desired portions if you want then place artichokes in covered airtight containers or bags
- Label the containers/ bags and stick in the freezer
How to defrost/ thaw artichokes?
Defrosting artichokes is an easy task so you don’t need to worry about, just follow the below instruction.
Tips to defrost artichokes
- You should only thaw the enough amount of frozen artichokes that you want to consume to not waste time to refreeze them again
Things you’ll need to defrost artichokes
- A refrigerator
How to defrost artichokes
You can thaw artichokes by two methods:
- By transferring the freezer bags from the freezer to the fridge and let them thaw overnight.
- Another way is thawing frozen artichokes right on the counter for a faster defrosting process.
How to reheat X?
After thawing artichokes, you can directly cook them, no need to reheat. But if you still want to make them a bit tender before cooking, you can boil the thawing artichokes over the heat or microwave them in a bowl of water to prevent them from drying out.