How Long Should I Cook Veggies? 06/17/2013 Cooking can be simple, but simple mistakes can turn vegetables into a complex disaster. This simple chart outlines how many minutes to steam, microwave, blanch and boil your favorite veggies. Vegetable Cooking Time Table infographic Poll Question: How do you define "local" food? I know the farmer who grew/raised it. I bought it at a locally-owned grocery store. I bought it from the farmers market. It was grown/raised within my state or region. It was grown/raised within 100 miles of my home. It was grown/raised within 5 hours of my home.