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Boiling Times for Fresh Vegetables Recipe

You grew a bumper crop of fresh veggies. Now, you want to make sure they are cooked to perfection. The table below is a guide to cooking them just right.

Listed below, are recommended boiling times to prepare fresh vegetables for immediate consumption. For blanching times for freezing vegetables, see Blanching times.

When to toss vegetables in the water:

  • Vegetables that grow under the soil: Start these vegetables in cold water.

  • Vegetables that grow above ground: Place the vegetables in boiling water.

Did You Know?: You can save the broth from boiling vegetables for making soup. If you are not ready to make soup, just freeze the broth for later use.

Boiling Time for Fresh Vegetables

Vegetable:
Boiling Times
(minutes):
Asparagus,Small 10 - 13
Beans, Snap 13 - 15
Beans, Lima 25 - 27
Beets, whole 38 - 40
Broccoli 9 - 12
Brussels Sprouts 15 - 17
Cabbage, wedges 10 - 13
Carrots, whole 20 - 22
Carrots,  diced or sliced 18 - 20
Cauliflower, separated 8 - 12
Celery, sliced 15 - 19
Corn on the cob 7 - 10
Corn. kernels 6 - 8
Collards 15 - 20
Kale 15 - 20
Okra 12 - 14
Onions, whole 20 - 22
Onions, quartered 10 - 14
Parsnips, whole 20 - 40
Peas 10 - 14
Spinach 8 - 12
Squash, acorn, butternut, quartered or cubed 16 - 20
Summer squash and Zucchini, sliced 13 - 15
Sweet potatoes, whole 28 - 35
Turnips 30 - 35

Source: USDA Food guidelines


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