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Vegetable Water Blanching Timetable

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There have been a lot of requests for blanching veggies as of late so here's an easy timetable to follow. Be sure to check tenderness part way into the blanching guide times because freshness and size of vegetables vary and can affect how long they truly need to blanch.

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Be sure to give the veggies an immediate ice water bath after the blanching to stop the cooking process. Pat veggies dry if you are going to be freezing them and remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible because both help to reduce freezer burn.

  • Artichoke hearts, globe: 7 minutes
  • Artichoke whole, globe: 10 minutes
  • Artichoke whole, Jerusalem: 3 to 5 minutes
  • Asparagus: small stalk - 2 minutes, medium stalk - 3 minutes, large stalk - 4 minutes
  • Beans: snap, green, or wax - 3 minutes
  • Beans: Lima, butter, or pinto - small - 2 minutes, medium - 3 minutes, large - 4 minutes
  • Beets: cook until tender
  • Broccoli, florets and stems: 1 1/2 inch pieces - 3 minutes
  • Brussels Sprouts, heads: small - 3 minutes, medium - 4 minutes, large - 5 minutes
  • Cabbage or Chinese Cabbage: coarsely shredded, thin wedges, or leaves separated - 1 1/2 minutes
  • Carrots: whole - 5 to 6 minutes, diced or sliced - 2 to 3 minutes
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  • Cauliflower, florets and stems: 1 to 1 1/2 inches - 3 to 4 minutes
  • Celery: diced - 3 minutes
  • Corn-on-the-cob: small - 8 minutes, medium - 10 minutes, large - 12 minutes, kernels - 5 minutes
  • Eggplant: 1 1/2 inch slices - 4 to 5 minutes
  • Greens, all varieties: tough stems removed - 2 1/2 to 4 minutes
  • Kohlrabi: whole - 3 minutes, cubed - 1 minute
  • Mushrooms: 4 to 6 minutes
  • Okra: small - 3 minutes, large - 4 minutes
  • Peas: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes
  • Peppers, sweet: strips or rings - 2 to 3 minutes, halves - 3 to 4 minutes
  • Potatoes, all varieties: cook until tender
  • Pumpkin: cook until tender
  • Rutabagas: diced - 2 to 3 minutes
  • Soybeans, in pod: 4 to 5 minutes
  • Squash, winter: cook until tender
  • Squash, summer: 1/2 inch slices - 3 to 4 minutes
  • Turnips: diced - 2 to 3 minutes


Source: Collected over the years and finally decided to get them all organized ;-)

By Ann from Richland, WA

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September 10, 20110 found this helpful

Good tips, Deeli. These will be handy.

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September 10, 20110 found this helpful

Looks great!

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip(s).

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