How to Cut Bok Choy

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Bok choy is one of my favorite veggies to grow and eat. It can be added to a simple salad with other greens or level up your next soup or stir fry. Its so yummy and has a slightly different texture than other greens. However, before you can enjoy bok choy, you need to know how to harvest and cut it properly.

If you’ve bought bok choy from the grocery store, you can skip ahead for tips on how to cut bok choy. However if you’ve grown your own bok choy you’ll want to follow these steps first.

Harvesting bok choy from the garden:

  • Harvest in the morning, when the leaves are cool and crisp.
  • Cut the bok choy at the base of the stem, leaving about 2 inches of stem attached.
  • If you are harvesting individual leaves, cut them off at the base of the stem.
  • Wash the bok choy thoroughly before storing it.
  • Store the bok choy in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

With a little care, you can easily harvest bok choy from your garden and enjoy it in a variety of delicious dishes. 

Here are a few more harvesting considerations:

  • When to harvest: Bok choy is ready to harvest when it is about 12 inches tall and has developed a tight head of leaves. The leaves should be a deep green color and the stalks should be firm.
  • How to harvest: To harvest bok choy, use a sharp knife to cut the plant at the base of the stem. You can also harvest individual leaves, but this will prevent the plant from regrowing.
  • How to store: Bok choy can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To extend its shelf life, wrap the bok choy in damp paper towels and place it in a plastic bag.

Steps on how to cut bok choy:

  1. Wash the bok choy. Rinse the bok choy under cold water to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. If you bought from the store, remove the root end. Cut off the root end of the bok choy, about 1 inch from the bottom. Skip this step if you harvested it yourself. 
  3. Separate the leaves from the stalks. Use your fingers to gently separate the leaves from the stalks.
  4. Cut the stalks into thin strips. Use a knife to cut the stalks into thin strips, about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Slice the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Stack the leaves on top of each other and slice them into bite-sized pieces.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully cut bok choy. Your bok choy is now ready to be used in your favorite recipe.Toss any unused scraps into your compost bin.

Tips for cutting bok choy:

  • Use a sharp knife to get clean cuts.
  • Don’t overcrowd the knife when cutting the stalks, as this can cause them to tear.
  • If you’re not sure how thick to cut the stalks or leaves, start with a small amount and adjust as needed.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of cutting bok choy, you can get creative with your recipes. Bok choy can be used in a variety of dishes, including stir-fries, salads, soups, and stews. It’s a healthy and delicious vegetable that can add a lot of flavor to your meals.

Health benefits of bok choy:

Bok choy has a wonderful nutrition profile. One cup of bok choy has almost as much calcium as a cup of milk. It also is a good source of potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Vitamins A and K are both fat soluble, so you’ll want to have some oil or dressing to reap these benefits.

Recipes to try with bok choy:

  • Stir-fried bok choy: This is a quick and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight meal. Simply stir-fry the bok choy with some other vegetables, such as broccoli or carrots, and your favorite sauce.
  • Bok choy salad: This is a light and refreshing salad that’s perfect for a summer day. Toss the bok choy with some other leafy greens, such as arugula or spinach, and your favorite toppings, such as shredded carrots, cucumbers, and almonds.
  • Bok choy soup: This is a hearty and comforting soup that’s perfect for a cold winter day. Combine the bok choy with some other vegetables, such as potatoes or onions, and your favorite broth.

Now that you’ve grown your own or bought some bok choy, it’s time to get cooking! It’s a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes. And, it looks so pretty added into soups, stir fry, or salad!

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