Fill a large pot with water and the juice of 2 lemons. Throw the juiced lemons into the pot with the acidulated water and bring to a boil.
Wash the artichokes under cold water. Cut the top quarter off the artichoke and trim off the spiked tips of the leaves with a pair of kitchen scissors. Cut the stems off so only the body is left and it sits flat. Place a clean, kitchen towel over the artichokes in the pot to help keep them submerged but don't let the towel hang over the sides of the pot near the flame!