8. Myth: Green Vegetables Should Be Cooked For Quite a Long Time.
Reality: Cooking green vegetables can be difficult — cook them too short of a time, and they’re too hard, cook them too long, and they’re mushy. So what’s a frustrated cook to do? The best way to cook green vegetables like broccoli, peas, asparagus and green beans is to blanch them for just a few minutes (generally 4 minutes maximum) and immediately move them to an ice water bath. That way, the vegetables retain their structure and appearance, but are cooked enough to be palatable.