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Cooking Vegetables

March 8, 2010

Cooked Vegetables in White BowlThis past summer, mandatory water rationing was imposed on our community. I started cooking garden vegetables using the same water, one type of vegetable right after another. I'd scoop out the first ones, then cook a second batch using the same water. Saved electricity too since I was using water that was already near the boiling level. I've continued to do it all fall and winter.

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November 16, 2010

If you are cooking pasta, rice, or any vegetable that grows above the ground-start cooking in hot water. This saves lots of money because you don't have to wait to heat the water, so it cooks quicker.

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June 8, 2010

A lump of sugar added to water when cooking greens helps vegetables retain their color.

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January 14, 2010

For safety, run cold water in the sink when draining hot water from vegetables or pasta. This will prevent the steam from scalding your hands.

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July 25, 2005

To make dull looking, green cooked veggies brighter again, sprinkle a little baking soda in with the water while they're cooking. They will return to a bright green color again.

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June 12, 2012

Does the steam in bagged vegetables make them too wet? Snip the corner just a tiny bit and hold over the sink to drain excess water. No more puddle on your plate!

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August 3, 2005

Do not put salt on vegetables while cooking them. It will cause the veggie to lose some of its vitamins. Salt afterwards.

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July 21, 2009

Can I use meat marinade to cook vegetables?

By DANA WILSON from Houston, TX

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

Don't reuse marinade if it's already been used. Use a fresh batch but, yes you can use it. If you like the flavor, go for it!

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

Not if you've marinated raw meat in it, but if you just want to use previously unused marinade for cooking vegetables, then yes.

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August 6, 20090 found this helpful

You can use the meat marinade with your vegies if you cook the marinade first. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. That will kill any bacteria from the meat. Then you can add it to your vegetables. But I have another suggestion: Pour the cooked marinade on rice, pasta or couscous instead.

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Don't forget though, you have to cook it first. Also do not use the uncooked marinade to baste your cooking meat for the same reason. Bacteria from the raw meat. Cook it first and then use it as a basting sauce. Good work asking before doing.

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January 6, 2013

Do you put a lid on veggies that grow in the ground?

By John from Winter Haven, FL

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January 13, 20130 found this helpful

For green vegetables, leave the pot uncovered and keep the heat high. It'll help preserve the green color.

For other vegetables, cover the pot. You can reduce the heat, so long as the water stays at a boil.

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November 16, 2010

If the vegetable is grown beneath the ground; such as potatoes, carrots, beets and other root type vegetables, then start it in cold water and cook it covered by a lid.

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June 8, 2010

Tips and ideas for cooking vegetables. Post your ideas.

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June 8, 2010

Anything that grows under the ground, start off in cold water: potatoes, beets, carrots, etc. Anything that grows above the ground, start off on boiling water: peas, green beans, etc.

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