How to Prepare Turnips for Cooking

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Intimidating as it seems to prepare turnips for cooking, it’s really just quite easy.  Just remember to do a couple of things and you’d be ready to go.

For the turnip greens, make sure you wash them thoroughly as they tend to hold on to grit.  You can wash it a couple of times or soak them in salted water for a few minutes.

You may also soak the greens in cold water with two to three tablespoons of baking soda.  Doing this would efficiently wash away any residue of wax, dirt and pesticides.

If it’s the roots you would be using, wash the turnip thoroughly.  Then peel it from the purple top to the root end as you would an apple, making sure to remove the skin layer completely.

However, if the skin of the turnip is smooth and tender, there’s no need to peel.  You can just brush it under running water.

There are many ways to cook turnips.  This vegetable is usually used in stews and soups combined with other root vegetables.  Baby turnips can be simmered, steamed or pickled.

Romans repeatedly steam turnips with cumin, benzoin and rue.  It would then be mashed and simmered with vinegar, boiled grapes, a little oil and honey.

To tone down the scent of turnips, you may add a teaspoon of sugar while you’re boiling it.  Adding half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water will remove its bitterness.

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