Cooking Vegetables

To get the best from fresh vegetables:

  • pick the best quality vegetables

  • store correctly until use

  • wash thoroughly

  • cut vegetables into evenly sized pieces

  • leave skin on if suitable

  • prepare as close to cooking time as possible

  • cook until tender but still slightly crisp.

Which cooking method to use for which vegetable?

  • Most vegetables suit many different cooking methods.

  • The versatility of preparation, cooking and serving is a great attribute of vegetables.

  • Be inspired, think variety, think vegetables.

Cooking times

  • Dense vegetables require longer cooking times e.g. carrots, potatoes, kūmara.

  • Vegetables with a higher water content cook faster e.g. capsicums, leafy greens.