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How Do You Cook Your Veggies? (Poll)

Here is a Q&A on the pros and cons of microwaving. I use a microwave only for the defrosting or rapid reheating of leftovers.

What's your preference?

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January 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

For a number of years I cooked vegetables in the microwave, as I was able to cook them with very little or no water and so felt like I wasn't having to pour all the vitamins down the drain. And because it is fast (think artichokes ;^)

Over the last few years of hearing and reading negative things about microwaving I've moved away and my favorite method is actually a combination of steaming in a little water with sauteeing or stir-frying the water off once they are just tender, with a small amount of olive oil at the end.

I've also moved to using glass & ceramic containers and try to avoid heating foods in plastic in the microwave. Howver I still thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook potatoes in the microwave.

Is this fairly safe, or no? What do you think?

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Larsen

I learned early one from growing up and being around the kitchen that steaming or stir-frying were the primary ways to prepare vegetables. As an adult, I've adjusted my methods to use less water in the pan when cooking with frozen or fresh vegetables in the steaming process. In addition, I try to have the water in a rolling-boil before I add the frozen vegetables in order to shorten the cooking time and to help release the existing water from the veggies more quickly. However, I am completely in love with bamboo steamers...the texture and flavor are exquisite with fresh veggies. When I'm using some meat in combination with the veggies, I am partial to stir-fry method with olive oil but I'm currently going to start trying some different oils that are better at releasing the appropriate nutrient components than extra virgin olive oil.

January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGibran

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