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Buying and Storing Broccoli


Buying Broccoli:

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables for us to eat. Not only is broccoli rich in calcium, it also has anti-oxidant properties to prevent certain forms of cancer.

When buying broccoli we want to look for a deep green color. Any yellowing is a sign of age and won’t last very long. We also want to make sure the florets are tight and compact. The stem should be thin but firm, it also should feel heavy when picking up.

These are all signs of good broccoli and the best way to get all the beneficial properties.

Storing Broccoli:

Broccoli isn’t a vegetable that keeps long so really we want to use it within 2-3 days to get all the benefits. As broccoli starts to age it starts to lose its nutritional benefits.

Having said that, we should still store our broccoli correctly to get all those benefits when we do decide to cook it. Broccoli is best stored in the fridge in a plastic bag with holes in it. This allows airflow for the broccoli and makes sure it doesn’t spoil faster in the refrigerator.

 Tip: These Ziploc bags are great for storing broccoli and other vegetables. They allow air flow and help keep the moisture out, allowing your fresh produce to last longer.

What Not To Do:

  • Never Store On The Counter: Unless you plan on using the broccoli in a day or so its best to store in the fridge. This will keep it fresh for longer and prevent it from drying out and becoming soft.
  • Never Store In An Airtight Plastic Bag: This will restrict airflow and cause the broccoli spoil faster.