How To Prepare Vegetables?
We all know that vegetables are good for us. But did you know that how you prepare vegetables can affect the nutrients in them? Several myths have been passed down from one generation to next on how to prepare vegetables correctly. But perhaps they are not the right way and although we are eating vegetables, maybe we are losing the valuable nutrients present in them.
The main purpose of this article is to share some valuable tips on how to prepare fresh vegetables. Read on to get more information.
Vegetables are extremely versatile for using. They can be eaten raw, grated into salads, served with dips and can be cooked by virtually every method. The first point to remember before you prepare vegetables is to avoid washing or cutting them before you're ready to use them. One should rinse quickly rather than soak to remove dirt and any traces of pesticides.
Always use a sharp knife when cutting and preparing vegetables, as bruising vegetables means depletion of valuable minerals and vitamins. Cut off the inedible parts of vegetables carefully. An easy way to remove surface dirt or germs is by peeling them. But don't peel too thickly as many nutrients are stored just below the skin. Some vegetables like potatoes and beets can be avoided peeling until after cooking.
Another tip to prepare vegetables correctly is to avoid cutting them into small pieces. Cook them whole, if possible
Microwave, steam, or pressure-cook them rather than boiling as boiling can leach out the nutrients into the water. Bit if you must boil vegetables, cook them only a small amount of water and until crisp. Always use a lid to cover them in order to avoid steaming away precious vitamins when you prepare fresh vegetables.
Prepare vegetables correctly to ensure that you are making the most out of them. Otherwise you will lose vitamins, minerals, colors and flavors if you do not follow the right steps for preparing vegetables.