All About Broccoli
Broccoli is a fantastic vegetable that is so versatile.
It can be eaten raw or cooked in many different ways.
It is a relative of cabbage, brussels sprouts and cauliflower.
One of the great things about broccoli is the fact that both the florets and stem are edible. We love the stems because they are quite sweet and crunchy.
- There is no need to wash broccoli before storing. It is recommended that you do not wash until ready to use.
- Place broccoli in a bag or container and keep refrigerated until you are ready to use.
Broccoli can be frozen for future use. Keep in mind that it will not be the same texture once thawed.
Broccoli can be frozen and stored for future use.
- Wash the broccoli well.
- Trim the broccoli florets to approximately the same size. The stems do not need to be peeled unless they are tough or woody. If you can easily pierce the stem with a finger nail, it is tender enough to blanch and freeze.
- Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes. Be sure to place in an ice bath after boiling to shock and stop the cooking process.
- Once blanched, dry off the broccoli and lay flat on a tray and place in the freezer.
- Once frozen, transfer into a freezer safe container or zip top bag. Label with name and date.
Uses For Broccoli
Broccoli can be used in so many ways:
- Can be eaten raw or cooked.
- Stems: Grate or slice into thin match-sticks to make a coleslaw
- Stems: Slice and use in stir-fries
- Steamed fresh broccoli
- Steamed or boiled frozen broccoli – do not over cook
- Use raw with dips
- Do not over cook frozen broccoli. It needs only 90 seconds in steam or boiling water to heat through. If you cook it more, it will become limp and mushy.
Do you love broccoli? Let us know how you like to eat or prepare it.