How to Select and Store Broccoli:
Look for broccoli with a deep rich colour, and no signs of yellowing. The buds should be tightly closed, and the stalks should be firm with crisp leaves.
Yellow or flowering buds, wilting leaves and rubbery stems are all signs that the broccoli is not fresh.
Although broccoli looks like a sturdy vegetable, it is prone to spoiling – especially when wet. Unwashed broccoli should be stored loosely in a bag or a ventilated bag, in the crisper drawer of your fridge, for up to 5 days. It’s not recommended that the bag is air-tight because broccoli requires some air-flow to stay fresh.
To Freeze broccoli:
Chop the vegetable into bite sized pieces and blanch in hot water for 3 minutes. Then plunge into an ice bath for 30 seconds to stop the cooking process. Freeze in freezer bags or containers for up to 6 months.