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November 11, 2014
Blanching Vegetables

I always used to boil vegetables in salted water, but I have learned to salt certain vegetables after they are cooked, tossing them immediately after draining with medium-coarse salt while they are still steaming hot. Does it make that much difference? It does; instead of making a saline solution out of boiling water that permeates the vegetable throughout, salting later allows the vegetable to retain its vegetable flavor. Then sprinkled salt adds another dimension of flavor. The vegetables that best respond to this method are string beans, broccoli, and zucchini, but I find it also works for cabbage, beets, chard, and other greens.