How to Freeze Fresh Broccoli

Fresh broccoli is crispy and tasty, but what happens when you have so much fresh broccoli you can’t eat it all? That was our predicament with 18 full size heads being ready to harvest at the same time.  But don’t fear, your broccoli won’t go to waste, you can freeze it! And I promise you it still tastes fresh and delicious.  In fact I froze some earlier this week and used it for broccoli soup last night and it was hands down the best broccoli soup I’ve ever made!  Besides soups you can use it for stir-fry, pasta dishes or just as a fresh side dish.
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So let’s go, let’s freeze some broccoli.  Soon your freezer will look like mine… where you have to play Tetris every time you want to add something!
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Full directions behind the cut.

So you grew your own broccoli, or maybe the store has an amazing sale and you want to stock up – great! Let’s get some fresh broccoli heads.
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Take that broccoli and wash it real good.  Then you want to chop it up into 1-2 inch size pieces.  Also, make sure to cut the stalk and stems too, you will definitely use these as well!
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Bring a big pot of water to a boil.
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Then carefully add your broccoli to the boiling water and time for 3 minutes. I like to put the broccoli into a mesh strainer and drop in the water this way so I don’t burn myself.
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After the 3 minutes is up put a slotted spoon into the boiling water and get your broccoli out, immediately drop the broccoli into a ice bath.  Tip here – use one whole ice tray per pot you are boiling.  So if you are are going to freeze alot of broccoli, have plenty of ice trays filled.
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After it’s cool to touch in the ice bath, drain it really good.  Let it sit in your strainer for a few to make sure all excess water is gone.
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Then put it on some paper towels to really make sure all the excess water is gone.
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I like to put some paper towels on top too.
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This is just one of many batches.. so much broccoli!

After it’s pretty dry  put in freezer bags and label.  Make sure to get all the air out before sealing it.  Now you have broccoli all summer long!
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2 thoughts on “How to Freeze Fresh Broccoli

  1. FELLOW CAT PERSON?!!?! I Just discovered in the deep, deep, de ee ep recesses of my scarey (not really, heh heh) fridge, the fresh broccoli I bought a week and a half ago! “Oh my gosh”, I whispered to my cat since he had his nose in the middle of everything, “Not my little trees!” ! I thought in a panic, “I need to freeze them! In a hurry!” So, here it is, dark-thirty in the a.m. and I found your instructions. Oh THANK YOU MEOWZAS!! It’s working like a charm! I’ll be checking your info in the future!! Keep up the good work!!

    • Hello fellow cat person! Meow. Glad you were able to freeze your broccoli so you and kitty could enjoy at a later time! Hope to see you back here. :D )

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