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Jan 3, 2013 06:53 AM

Best and worst ways for cooking vegetables.

We have vegetables every day with at least our main meal, and whlle the microwave is my goto tool, I also like to roast and saute them as well. When I read this article from Organic Gardening citing a Spanish study that tracked antioxident levels resulting from each method, I thought it might be of interest to some folks.

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  1. I own a microwave but I'm not a big fan of them. Sure they heat things up quickly but I usually have a steam pot or water boil going for quick parboils during a meal prep.

    My absolute favorite way to enjoy 'most' vegetables is still washed well, thinly sliced, tossed in a bit of walnut oil and eaten raw. I like the taste of vegetables. If I'm preparing a more complex vegetable dish or the dish is served hot I rely on steam, a quick dip in hot water or roasting. There are many ways to eat healthy, get those antioxidents and for me a microwave just wouldn't be the method I select.

    1. As long as it tastes good and fit my current mood, I can cook (or not) vegetables the way I like.

      caveat that frying vegetable might not be the "best" way to cook them, once it a while will not kill you.

      (sorry to burst the bubble)
      The article does not link to the actual Spanish study, so it is probably fake or comes from a non-peered review study.

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      1. We raise, freeze, can, and cook a lot of vegetables. Methods of cooking depend on the recipe and/or what final outcome is desired. ~ A microwave is never part of the equation.

        1. SV if you have the time otherwise roasting or steaming. I NEVER boil veg.

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          1. re: Puffin3

            I roast or saute 99% of the time. The only time a vegetable sees steam or water in my house is if it needs to be blanched quickly or are going to be pureed. I detest boiled vegetables - my mother boiled ALL vegetables when I was growing up and I couldn't stand it.

          2. Y'know what's the "best" way to cook vegetables?

            The way that tastes the best to you.

            Because if it doesn't taste good to you, you ain't going to eat it, and no matter how healthy it is, it's not going to do you any good sitting there on the plate (as opposed to in your digestive system).

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              ^^^ this.

              I do use my microwave for steaming broccoli... just because it's easy. But I prefer roasting pretty much anything, it just takes more time.