I have a special, crunchy treat for you today! I’m going to let you in on all of my secrets on how to make the tastiest and crunchiest vegetables ever!
We all usually eat our vegetables… raw, boiled or grilled and seasoned with our favorite spices. But I feel that as far as vegetables are concerned…. it is the simplest way that is the tastiest. This way you can really enjoy the fresh taste of vegetables.
For this reason, I will divulge a secret trick of mine that will make your raw vegetables nice and crunchy and ready to be served!
First of all, choose any vegetables you like and thinly slice them. I’m using cucumbers, cut in to rounds, radishes, spring onions and green beans.
And now it’s time to tell you my secret trick! In order to make them really, really crunchy, you have to give them a cold bath in ice water. The chilled water restores the water in the cells of the vegetables, preserving their texture, color and freshness.
Another good trick when cooking vegetables is to immediately dip them in to cold water while they are still hot. This will immediately stop the cooking process and preserve their bright color and texture.
In order to prepare the “ice bath”, fill a large bowl with cold water and add some ice. Place a strainer in to the bowl in order to keep all of the vegetables together and you don’t have to go fishing for them in the bowl.
Place the sliced vegetables in the strainer and press down on them until they are completely submerged in the ice water in the fridge. Let them soak and occasionally mix them until they become firm and crunchy. This process will take at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours. When ready, strain and place on paper towels to drain from all the water.
The veggies are ready and very crunchy ;) Try it!!
You can also add some salt to the ice water if you like! The salt will “cook” the vegetables while they are cold.
If you know of any other smart ways to make vegetables nice and crunchy please share them with me! I can’t wait to see some of your tricks!!