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Keeping Broccoli Fresh in the Frig

My broccoli turned brown on top after leaving in the frig for a few days. What should I do to keep this from turning?

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August 5, 20130 found this helpful

We are a broccoli household! When buying broccoli I check for the freshest broccoli possible by squeezing the stem for firmness and a tight looking crown. I also look for even color. I keep it in the clear plastic bag that you get in the produce department. I also keep a paper towel in the bag to keep the moisture under control. Don't tie a knot in the bag, keep the bag open and store in your vegetable bin. This works for me. I keep my broccoli this way for more than a week, if we don't eat it up first.:)

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September 28, 20131 found this helpful

We too use a lot of broccoli. The one thing I have learned is to be sure it is dry, very dry, before you bag it. After soaking them in a veggie wash, I break my broccoli heads up into florets or pieces and spread them on a kitchen towel so the air gets around them, let them sit there for a couple of hours to dry out. When you bag them in a zip lock bag make them flat so they fill the bag, and lay a paper towel over them, zip the bag and squeeze out as much air as possible.

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Store them in the veggie bin in the fridge flat if possible, paper towel side down. Remember when you use some from the bag, replace the paper towel with a dry one and again squeeze out all the air. If you buy too much for one bag, do not over crowd it, get a 2nd bag and repeat the process. I have kept broccoli for over 2 weeks, you may have to cut a few stems off, or a few brown bits from some florets, but usually I do not have a problem, it is starting with dry florets and keeping them dry that works! Good Luck.

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