FREEZING FRESH BROCCOLI

I had some broccoli from the garden…not much {getting too hot}...but I knew I wouldn’t be eating it this week.  I could either dehydrate it or freeze it.

Yikes...it looks yellow in this pic...but I assure you it wasn't.

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 I figured we'd be eating it within the month so I decided to freeze it. Very easy.

But you just can’t cut it up and freeze it.  You need to blanche it first.  Otherwise it’ll turn brown. Yuck.

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Enter my ritzy “cowgirl kitchen” out in the “barn”…no, it’s not a real barn with sheep and goats…it just looks like one from the outside. Clever disguise.

My “kitchen” inside is just a bunch of cabinets from Lowe’s, a sink with faucet, a hotplate and oh so luxurious formica. Ha. You can see glimpses of it here.

It’s great for basic garden necessities. And rinsing produce.

OK…now back to blanching.

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 Get the water boiling. Add broccoli. Set timer for 3 minutes.

And…oooops….I forgot to take pics of the next step…so use your imagination. I’ve been really good at this step, right?!? Ahem.

After 3 minutes empty broccoli into colander, put colander into bowl full of extremely cold water {you can even put ice in the water}…let cool for about 3 minutes.

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And voila…you’ve got broccoli ready to dry and freeze.

BTW...I absolutely LOVE this produce drying pad I picked up at Walmart about 6 months ago.  It was one of those things that you don’t know if you’ll use it or not.  I use it a lot. I think I need about 3 more. I just looked on Amazon and they have it here.

OK…so dry the broccoli…I actually put some paper towels on the top and then rolled up the pad.

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When dry just put in a freezer ziploc baggie. Make sure you squish most of the air out of it.

You can always vacuum seal too, but since I think I’ll be eating it soon I just used a baggie.

 PS…you use these same steps for dehydrating.  Cut up the broccoli into 1” florets. Do not use stems….they’re too tough. Dry in dehydrator @ 130 degrees for 6-8 hours. I always vacuum seal when I dehydrate.