Shop Smart, Prep Smart: Chard

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Shop Smart
Look for chard with crisp-looking stems and leaves (not wilted), free of brown/black areas.

Prep Smart
Since a small amount of dirt will often remain, it is best to let the chard soak in a large bowl of cool water, swirling the leaves around so that any debris fall to the bottom of the bowl. Then gently rinse the leaves and stems under cool running water. The leaves should be separated from the stems, as the stems take longer to cook are are typically added earlier in the cooking process.

Read the newspaper article that I wrote which featured this info and an excellent recipe using chard (Austin’s Black Bean Soup).

Separate the leaves from the stems, since they have different cooking times.

Separate the leaves from the stems, since they have different cooking times.

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