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Old 11-07-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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How long must you boil turnips

Hi all, I wonder if you could tell me how long turnips have to boil before they get tender? I've got a couple of turnips that cut in chunks, blanched and are boiling on the stove. They've been boiling for a bout 15 minutes and still aren't all that tender... how long do you guys cook yours?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-07-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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They take a while..longer than potatoes because they are denser than taters. I would say
25 minutes, but keep testing them with a fork..When the fork goes in easily, they are done..
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:40 PM   #3
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Swinglow Turnips

I made my first batch of mashed 'tater's with turnips.

The tip that I got from this board was to peel them, boil them for 5 minutes,
plunge them into ice water to stop the cooking process. Now cut them into
the cube size that you desire and cook them. I used a bit of kosher salt,
and about 2 tbs. olive oil. They came out very good and no bitterness.

Mashed them with cream, butter, salt and pepper. My DH loved them.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips!!

Thank you, you two. I ended up cooking them until they finally felt really tender. They became almost translucent.

I used your tip, Barbo. Actually, I was inspired to try them because of your turnip help thread. They came out very nice. I used them in kevin's hamburger potato casserole and I enjoyed it very much.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:12 AM   #5
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I wonder if you can dice them, boil them until "almost" done, put them in a skillet w/ onion and fry up like county potatoes at Bob Evans. Anyone ever try this with them? Wonder how long you would have to boil them. Thanks, Sue
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:47 AM   #6
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sassay,

Your question about frying parboiled turnips gave me the desire to make them tonight. I will let you know how they turn out.

Turnips are very versatile and once a person gets past the name "turnip" there is a lot to do with them.

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Old 11-09-2007, 03:47 AM   #7
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Gettongsmaller, I can hardly wait! I have been wanting something like that lately!
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Old 11-09-2007, 09:28 AM   #8
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I made the fried turnips last night and they were great! If you cut them into little cubes from the beginning, they are easy to prepare without burning your hands cubing them while hot.

Instead of boiling them, I steamed them for 10 minutes because it was easier to lift off the steamer and place it in cold water then to pour out the turnips and restart their cooking from scratch.

I left the turnips in the steamer, submerged in cold water for a few minutes and then put the steamer back on top of the pan and continued to cook the turnips another 25 or so minutes until almost tender.

Then I put them in the skillet with bacon grease and fried until crispy and tender. They are something to make again. It is a little time consuming, but I usually do these type of recipes when I will be in the kitchen doing other jobs and the length of time is of no importance.



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Old 11-09-2007, 06:39 PM   #9
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That's excellent news, GS!! I like the texture so much better than cauliflower for something like this. Thanks for venturing out! ;-)
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