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Well my rule of thumb is to boil the following vegetables for that time before putting them in the ice bath:

  • 1 minute for broccoli
  • 3 minutes for carrots
  • 2 minutes for beans
  • 1 minute for flat beans
  • 4 minutes for cauliflower

Is there a master list out there for the amount of boiling before bathing that will perhaps have better timing and more vegetables on it?

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I'm surprised that cauliflower is 4 minutes while broccoli is only 1. Is it because cauliflower is much denser and more tightly packed? – Chad Aug 17 '10 at 15:47
@Chad - yes and no. I also like the cauliflower a little bit softer than crunchy. I actually add salt, lemon to it with a side of ketchup as an appetizer – dassouki Aug 17 '10 at 15:49

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I don't think it is really possible to name exact times. It depends on the age and toughness of the particular batch of vegetables, how thick they are and how you've cut them. The way I do this is to make my initial judgement based on color change, and then start poking at them with a cake tester every 30 seconds or so until they reach the perfect degree of tenderness, then shock them in a bath with plenty of ice immediately.

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