This helpful tutorial video demonstrates how to properly cut and clean an artichoke before cooking it. Learn how to do it quickly and easily with minimal fuss. The video covers both the flower and the stem. - First, use a large knife to cut off the stem of the artichoke. You can set it aside to prepare later, if you wish. - Moving about 2/3rd of the way up the flower, cut off the top of the artichoke. - Slice the remainder in half. - Switching to a smaller knife will make the next part easier. Slice around the heart of the artichoke and use the knife to leverage the center out. - Rinse the remaining portion under running water to ensure any dirt or debris is removed. And there you have it! A perfectly prepared artichoke.