We have had the best broccoli crop to date this year. To celebrate I am picking and freezing my tiny little trees ready to use over the summer months when I refuse to pay a premium price for them. Did you know that broccoli is one of the most heaviest sprayed commercial vegetables. Broccoli is adored by just about any critter like aphids, cabbage white moth to hungry hungry caterpillars and they all need to be stopped so you get the best broccoli possible in the store.
I have waited months now for our own homegrown organic broccoli and I like knowing that my food is clean and fresh. So you want to know how to freeze your broccoli, well it is super easy. Follow my steps below and if you get a bumper harvest or get a special deal on broccoli then you know what to do.
Wash the broccoli and then separate the florets of the broccoli into more manageable sizes. I cut the larger florets in half if need be. I use the stalks of the broccoli in stir fry dishes either finely sliced or cubed, or you can also add them to a stock.
Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. While you are waiting for your pot of water to boil make sure you are ready to create an ice bath for your broccoli. I clear my sink and place a large bowl of ice next to the sink.
Blanch the broccoli in boiling water. In simpler terms, throw your broccoli into the boiling water and give it a little stir to make sure that all parts have been submerged. The broccoli will change colour immediately to a bright green. At this point throw your water and broccoli into the sink and drain.
Run cold water over the top of the broccoli and then place the plug in the sink. Add the ice and give the broccoli a good stir.
Drain the sink and spread your broccoli out on to trays and place them in the freezer. Make sure that all the water has been poured off your broccoli before freezing. Allow them to rest for twenty minutes before packaging them.
Bag your broccoli into portions that you use. We tend to use ours for stir fries or add to a meat and three veg dish so don’t need too much in a bag.
When you are ready to eat your broccoli you can simple cook it in boiling water, steam or add it to your favourite dishes. You will find that it wont need cooking as long however I have found cooking it in boiling water is the fastest method.
Do you freeze broccoli or your greens?