How To Select Broccoli
- The florets should be tightly closed.
- Broccoli should have a deep green color all over.
- Stalks should be firm and slender.
- Do NOT select those with yellow spots or yellow flowers.
How To Store Broccoli
- Do not wash the broccoli.
- Raw broccoli needs air circulation. Place broccoli in an open plastic bag.
- Place in the fridge in crisper drawer.
- It is best to use in 3-5 days but may last a week.
- Wash only before use.
How To Freeze Broccoli
- Use fresh high quality broccoli you would want to eat now. ( See how to select broccoli.)
- Wash thoroughly with cold water. Cut of woody stems and leaves.
- Cut the flowerets (“trees)” into 1″ -1.5″ pieces. Really, it depends on the size you want to use later. Cut it to that size now to save time later.
- Soak the broccoli in salty water called a brine made of 4 teaspoons salt and 1 gallon water for 30 minutes. This removes all the little insects you may not be able to see.
- Rinse the broccoli under running water.
- Blanch broccoli for 3 minutes. Start the time as soon as the broccoli is placed in the boiling water. Blanching stops the enzymes which over time changes the quality and color of the broccoli. If you are blanching a lot of broccoli you may use the same water. If you need to add more water so it covers the broccoli be sure to add hot water not cold.
- When time is up quickly submerge in ice water to stop the cooking. Leave it in the ice water for 3 minutes.
- Drain off the extra water completely.
- Place broccoli in airtight bags or containers to freeze. I recently saw the best way to get all the air out of a zip top bag is to zip it almost completely closed. Insert a straw and either suck the rest of the air out or press the air out as you remove the straw. You should visually see the air being removed from the bag.
- Put them in the freezer to freeze as quickly as possible.
- Use within 12 months.