Thursday, October 7, 2010

How to Blanch & Freeze Broccoli and other Green Veggies

Wash your fresh trimmed broccoli or other veggies (kale, green beans, peas, etc)

Prepare a boiling pot of water and an ice bath.

Dump your fresh Broccoli into the boiling water for 30-60 seconds.

It will change to a brighter, darker green.

Remove the blanched Broccoli with a slotted spoon.

Place it directly into the ice bath.

After it cools for about 60 seconds, drain it on paper towels or dish towel. Pat dry.

Once you Broccoli is dry, place it in a freezer bag.
I learned this trick on a cooking show. If you don't have a vacuum sealer but want to get most of the air out, you can use a straw. You seal the bag except for a place for the straw. Then suck all the air out by mouth. then quickly seal the rest of the bag. This gets rid of most of the air and prevents freezer burn.

Label and Freeze for up to 6 months!

This is great to use in soups or add to a pasta dish! It only takes a few seconds to warm up and cook completely!

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