Choose broccoli heads with tight, green florets and firm stalks. The broccoli should feel heavy for its size. Look for lively green leaves and firm, thin stalks. The cut ends of the stalks should be fresh and moist looking. There are three choices when it come to storing broccoli:
- Leave uncut and unwashed in an open glass container (Life Without Plastic, I would like to have the link from the store for instant purchase here) in the refrigerator.
- To freeze, wash broccoli and cut into florets and stalks into pieces. Steam or blanch about three minutes. Plunge into icewater to stop cooking, drain thoroughly, and place in sealed freezer safe glass containers ( again Life Without Plastic). Frozen broccoli will last months, however use sooner.
- Finally, my favorite, steam or blanch about three minutes. Plunge into icewater to stop cooking, drain thoroughly and store on your fridge shelf in a sealed glass container. ( again here)
Eat your broccoli within the week.