Storing Broccoli

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March 17, 2017

A head of broccoli in a jar of water.I live alone and try my hardest not to waste food. I know what it's like to go without. I have limited space in a small fridge/freezer in my teeny tiny kitchen. I need to make my food last so I am not wasting any food. It's only been fairly recently I've been using this tip. I'm not sure where I saw the tip.


To keep my broccoli nice and fresh for the whole week, I pop my broccoli 'trees' in a jam jar filled with water. I do cut off the very end so it can sup on the water. This is working for me so I thought to share with you.

Source: I read about it somewhere

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January 9, 2012

To keep broccoli fresh longer, trim the bottom of broccoli. Place the bottom in bowl of water, and put it in the refrigerator. This keeps it firm until I use it. It works for me, and I love broccoli.


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December 16, 2011

Store fresh broccoli in a paper bag. Do not wash. The broccoli has to be dry before placing in the bag. Roll up the bag and clip or tape closed. Keep refrigerated, and use within one week.



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June 24, 2013

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

By Wanda


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.:)

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.


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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