While the jars are drying, clean up the baby artichokes. Prepare an acidic solution squeezing the juice of one lemon in 1 pint of cold water. Now, cut the base of the baby artichokes removing the stem, then cut the artichoke’s head on top about ?. Now, remove the more leathery leaves until to obtain a soft and pale heart. Finish the base of baby artichoke removing any residue tough, then rub the baby artichoke in the outer shell lemon juice. finally dive it in the acidulated water. If possible, use a ceramic knife: together with the lemon juice slow down the oxidation process by preventing the artichoke will blacken quickly! Keep the baby artichokes in water and lemon juice until the time to boil them.
Boil the baby artichokes To make a correct conservation and ensure a proper consistency, prepare in a pot a solution with 1 qt of white vinegar, 1 qt of water and 1 tbsp of salt. Bring the water to the boil then let's dive baby artichokes and the caps of lemon juiced. Boil for 3 minutes then drain the baby artichokes. Boil also the bunch of parsley for 1 minute. Stand the baby artichokes and the parsley on a clean cloth for a few hours, until they are completely dry; the tradition is to let it dry over night, but sometimes it takes less time, especially if you change a few times the cloth as it gets wet.
Preserved baby artichokes Check that the jars are dry to prevent contamination. When the baby artichokes and the parsley are completely dry, put them into the jars along with the black peppercorns. Add the oil until completely submerge the baby artichokes, then we press all gently to avoid leaving air bubbles. To obtain a good preservation leave about ½ inch between the baby artichokes and the edge of the oil, to be sure that these do not re-emerge during the resting phase. Close the lids and store from two to six months in a dark, cool and dry place before consuming them. To be sure to have removed all the air bubbles and check that there is enough oil to submerge the baby artichokes, open the cans on the day after they are prepared, adding more oil if necessary.