How to freeze broccoli

Stocked up on veggies? Here's how to freeze broccoli

How to freeze broccoli
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Wondering how to freeze broccoli? Broccoli is tasty, versatile and full of nutrients, so totally worth having to hand in your freezer. Easy to add to stir-fries, soups, or even for snacking, this vegetable can retain its great flavour and crunchy texture – if you blanch it first. Don't freeze broccoli without blanching, as it will develop a bitter flavour and unpleasant, drab texture. Check out the best method to freeze this veggie right below.

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How to freeze broccoli

To freeze broccoli successfully, follow these steps:

1. Clean the broccoli. Do this by submerging the broccoli head in cold water for a couple of minutes. Then rinse.

2. Cut the broccoli florets off the stems. You can discard the stems, but they do taste good, too – you'll just need to peel them with a potato peeler.

3. Blanch the broccoli florets and stems: bring a pan of water to a boil, add the broccoli. Bring back to boil and boil for two minutes. Drain.

4. Transfer into an ice bath until the broccoli is completely cool. Pat dry with a paper towel.

5. Spread over a baking sheet and place into the freezer for a couple of hours. This will prevent the different pieces from sticking together.  

6. Transfer into an airtight container or sealed bag. Return to the freezer. The broccoli will keep in a freezer for up to eight months.

Anna Cottrell

Anna is Content Editor at Real Homes. She moved to the world of interiors from academic research in the field of English Literature and photography. She is the author of London Writing of the 1930s and has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. At Real Homes, she covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.