If you love the taste of artichokes but are intimidated by how to prep them for dinner or a recipe, follow these steps.
1 Wash and dry artichoke.
2 In a large bowl, combine 3 cups water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. (Submerge artichoke in lemon water between each step to ensure the artichoke’s flesh doesn’t brown.)
3 Remove lower petals (also called the leaves) with a sharp knife.
4 Trim the base of the stem nearly flush with the bottom of the artichoke.
5 Cut off the top third of the artichoke.
6 Trim the tips of any remaining spiky petals with scissors.
7 Slice artichoke vertically in half and remove center choke (all the fuzzy hairs, and purple and white inner petals) with a spoon.
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