Veggie Hack: How to Keep Your Vegetables Beautiful & Healthy! by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

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6 years ago
Veggie Hack: How to Keep Your Vegetables Beautiful & Healthy!

Blanching and shocking allows partially cook veggies to cool quickly. So, they stop cooking and retain the crunch, nutrition and a vibrant color sets in! You’ll need:

  • slotted spoon
  • bowl of ice water
  • paper towels

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cut veggies to equal-sized pieces so they will cook at the same speed.
  2. Bring a large amount of water to boil. Or steam your veggies.
  3. Blanch each type of vegetable separately. Blanch the lightest to darkest about 2 to 4 minutes depending on the vegetable. DO NOT OVERCOOK!
  4. At peak of color and desired doneness, remove and plunge into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking and seal in the color – and the nutrition. Be sure to keep the ice bath cold. 
  5.  Drain the vegetables on paper towels and store until ready to use.

Reheat sparingly!

Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area
Perfect for Veggie platters !! YES! Get it all done at once! Boom !
Michelle Stacey Sjödin
I love to serve crudite with wings and other finger foods when we have get togethers. This will improve my veggies!
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
I never realized this - thank you for the chef insider secret, Chef Gigi Gaggero! xoxo

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