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    Fresh broccoli. . .need to cook before freezing?

    JanuaryBride
    Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:10 pm
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    Hi there! I am leaving town for a week and don't think we will get to the broccoli in the fridge. That said, I was going to cut it up into florets and freeze it. . .but should I steam it or boil it for a few minutes before freezing???
    tasb
    Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:09 am
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    Here are the directions from our Freezing Guide it is in the Threads of Interest thread

    Broccoli
    Preparation � Select firm, young, tender stalks with compact heads. Remove leaves and woody portions. Separate heads into convenient-size sections and immerse in brine (4 teaspoons salt to 1 gallon water) for 30 minutes to remove insects. Split lengthwise so flowerets are no more than 1 1/2 inches across.
    Water blanch 3 minutes in boiling water or steam blanch 5 minutes.
    Cool promptly, drain and package, leaving no headspace. Seal and freeze.

    Read more: http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=106869#ixzz1svZXZbEg
    JanuaryBride
    Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:14 am
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    Awesome - thank you!!!
    mickeydownunder
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:25 am
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    tasb wrote:
    Here are the directions from our Freezing Guide it is in the Threads of Interest thread

    Broccoli
    Preparation � Select firm, young, tender stalks with compact heads. Remove leaves and woody portions. Separate heads into convenient-size sections and immerse in brine (4 teaspoons salt to 1 gallon water) for 30 minutes to remove insects. Split lengthwise so flowerets are no more than 1 1/2 inches across.
    Water blanch 3 minutes in boiling water or steam blanch 5 minutes.
    Cool promptly, drain and package, leaving no headspace. Seal and freeze.

    Read more: http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=106869#ixzz1svZXZbEg


    If it's bought from a fruit and veg place, can't I just skip the brine process and just blanch?

    Thanks in advance...will be in this forum a little more now icon_smile.gif

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