Broccoli is an excellent source of dietary fiber. Aside from that, it also provides ample vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, and vitamin A. Broccoli also contains magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, iron, and other minerals beneficial to a healthy diet.
Can You Freeze Broccoli?
But what is broccoli is out of season? Raw broccoli can easily be frozen so that you will have access to this cruciferous vegetable all year round. Follow these simple steps and you will have a supply in your freezer for the winter months.
How To Freeze Broccoli
- Try to buy the broccoli and freeze it on the same day for best results.
- While you are cutting the broccoli into small florets, bring a large pot of water to a boil. You will need this for blanching the broccoli.
- Remove the bottom of the stalk from the broccoli.
- Divide the broccoli heads into 1-1/2 inch florets.
- Fill a sink with cold water and wash the florets. Do this as quickly as possible to retain all of the nutrients in the broccoli.
- Remove the broccoli from the water and place it on a tray.
- Now you can check on your large pot of water for blanching and also prepare an ice water bath. Use cold water in a large bowl or basin and dump in a tray of ice cubes.
- Working in small batches (about 2 cups of broccoli). Lower the broccoli into boiling, salted water and blanch it for two minutes. Remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon and plunge it into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking and help to retain the color.
- After 2-3 minutes remove the broccoli from the ice bath and place it in a colander to drain. Once the excess water has drained put the broccoli onto dish towels that have been laid out to dry more before you freeze them.
- Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you have blanched all of the broccoli.
- Once the broccoli is cooled and mostly drained you can package it into meal sized portions in resealable bags.
- To get as much of the air out of the bag as possible, I like to insert a straw into the bag and seal the bag as much as possible leaving just the section with the straw open. Suck all the air out of the bag and then remove the straw quickly and seal the corner.
- Label your bags with the date and freeze them as quickly as you can (a deep freeze is preferable). The faster they freeze, the nicer they will be when you pull them out to use them!
Frozen broccoli can be pulled out and boiled or steamed or it makes a great addition to a stir fry!