Michigan Fresh: Using, Storing, and Preserving Broccoli (HNI12)
Broccoli can be preserved and served many way. Michigan-grown broccoli is available July through October.
Using, Storing and Preserving Broccoli
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Storage and food safety
- Store broccoli in the refrigerator in a plastic bag with holes.
- Use broccoli within three days. The longer you store it, the lower the vitamin content.
- Choose broccoli with dark green florets. If the florets are enlarged, opened, yellowish-green or wilted, the broccoli is not fresh.
- Avoid broccoli with thick, tough stems.
- Do not purchase broccoli that is soft or slippery—this is a sign of spoilage.
- Keep away from raw meat and meat juices to prevent cross-contamination.
- Wash broccoli using cool running water. Do not use soap.
- For best quality and to preserve nutrients, preserve no more than your family can consume in one year.
|1 pound of broccoli||= about 6 cups of raw, trimmed florets and stems|
|1 pound||= about 4 to 6 servings (1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked)|
|2 to 3 pounds of fresh broccoli||= 2 pints frozen broccoli|
How to Preserve
Select firm, young, tender stalks with compact heads. Remove leaves and woody portions. Prepare a brine by adding 4 teaspoons of salt to 1 gallon of water. Immerse broccoli in the brine for 30 minutes to remove insects. Split lengthwise so florets are no more than 1½ inches across. Rinse and drain. Blanch 3 minutes in boiling water or 5 minutes in steam. Cool promptly in ice water, drain and pat dry. Pack into airtight freezer containers, leaving no head space. Seal, label, date and freeze. Use frozen broccoli within 8 to 12 months for best quality.
Broccoli usually discolors and grows stronger in flavor when canned. For this reason, canning is not recommended.
- Michigan State University Extension Food Preservation Series — Broccoli. 2006. Bulletin W01047. MSU Extension.
- Watch Your Garden Grow. 2012. University of Illinois Extension. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/
- Andress, Elizabeth and Judy A. Harrison. So Easy to Preserve. Bulletin 989, 6th edition. Cooperative Extension University of Georgia, 2014.