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Lesson Overview

Properly-cooked vegetables are hard to come by. They are either too crunchy or terribly over-cooked. When cooking vegetables, the main objectives are to preserve flavor and color, while achieving the desired texture.

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of vegetable cookery. By understand…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • identify the key steps for preparing to cook vegetables in water
  • understand why salt plays an important role
  • understand which vegetables should be boiled or simmered
  • properly test vegetables for doneness
  • understand the difference between blanching and parboiling
  • identify when you should blanch or parboil
  • know how to cook frozen vegetables

Course Syllabus

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1. Cooking Vegetables in Water
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment
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3. Preparing to Cook Vegetables
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4. Boiling & Simmering Vegetables
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5. The Potato Experiment
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6. Blanching & Parboiling Vegetables
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7. Cooking Frozen Vegetables
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8. Practice Activities & Recipes
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9. Lesson Quiz
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Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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What People Are Saying

"Easy to understand." ★★★★★
"Learned some very interesting details. Particularly par boiling vegetables and shocking in ice plus several other tips." ★★★★★
"Great practice recipes and very informative lesson" ★★★★★
"I learned sooooo much! I thought I knew .... but, I had noooo idea. Now, I do!" ★★★★★
"I love this part of the course because I eat so many veggies. It's nice to finally know how to cook, steam, parboil, blanch and what this means. Thanks Rouxbe." ★★★★★
"Good lesson!" ★★★★
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6 Videos | 9 Tasks
Task 1: Cooking Vegetables in Water
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Preparing to Cook Vegetables
Task 4: Boiling & Simmering Vegetables
Task 5: The Potato Experiment
Task 6: Blanching & Parboiling Vegetables
Task 7: Cooking Frozen Vegetables
Task 8: Practice Activities & Recipes

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