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How To Freeze Broccoli

Freezing Broccoli is the PERFECT way to preserve the nutrient packed veggie for later use! You’ll have broccoli for all kinds of recipes when you know how to freeze broccoli! 

A blue bowl of broccoli with fork in foreground

 

You already know how to cook frozen broccoli, we’ve talked about blanching veggies, and you have some recipes for using broccoli!

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Here’s How It’s Done….

STEP 1. Boil

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and gather your other supplies

A saucepan on a cooktop with steam rising and bubbles from bottom

 

STEP 2. Cut Up

Cut the broccoli into bite size pieces. 

Photo of broccoli chopped and ready for blanching BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE

STEP 3. Blanch!

Blanch the broccoli in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes. 

broccoli in a stock pot boiling on stove eye

STEP 4. Shock and Drain

Plunge the broccoli into ice water to stop the cooking 

broccoli in ice bath and drying on towel

 

STEP 5. Spread out on baking sheet on top of parchment paper and freeze.

This will allow you to freeze the florets individually and you’ll then be able to use as many as you need for recipes instead of having them all stick together in the bag. Just make sure they aren’t touching on the pan when you put them in the freezer. Freeze them for at least 2 hours-6 hours.

broccoli layed out on parchment paper on baking sheet

STEP 6. Pack

Pack into resealable plastic bags, squeeze out as much air as possible. Spread back out into the bag and stack for freezing

quart size freezer bag with 2 Cups of broccoli inside

How to Freeze Broccoli

To freeze broccoli, blanch the broccoli in salted water, shock in ice water and then pack into bags labeled . 

How to Use Frozen Broccoli

You can USE frozen broccoli in all kinds of recipes! Try with stir fry, make it into casseroles and add it to eggs even!

Shrimp White Sauce with Broccoli being dipped in for the post Japanese White Sauce

Broccoli is good in Shrimp Sauce

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long is Frozen Broccoli Good For?

Frozen Broccoli is good for 6 months – 1 year. You will want to use it before that time.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Broccoli? 

There’s no need to thaw them before using in your recipe, but if you want to thaw it, run cold water over it for a minute or two. If you put the bag that they are frozen into the fridge, they will also thaw. You will notice a lot of liquid in the bag. No need to use this liquid in your recipe.

Do I Need to Blanch Broccoli Before Freezing? 

Yes, you DO need to blanch broccoli before freezing. Blanching preserves the texture, vegetables and flavor for freezing.

How Do I Blanch Broccoli Before Freezing? 

To blanch your broccoli before freezing, simply follow the process that is outlined in the recipe card below or in the photos above!

Can I Freeze Fresh Broccoli Without Blanching? 

You CAN freeze the broccoli without blanching, however, the ice crystals that develop during will change the cell structure and your will be very mushy . It is much better to blanch.

What Happens If I DON’T Blanch the Broccoli Before Freezing? 

If you do not blanch before freezing, the broccoli will be more mushy, less colorful and have less nutrients available. Texture is an important part and you will want to preserve as much of the fresh texture as possible. 

Can I Freeze An Entire Head of Broccoli? 

You CAN freeze an entire head of broccoli, however, you will need to blanch it and then cover it well. Because of the way it takes up space, you will probably want to cut the florets from the head first and freeze those.

Can I Do Broccoli Rice? 

Yes, you can. Once it has been slightly boiled, pack it into bags and freeze. 

Can I Freeze Roasted Broccoli? 

Yes, once your veggie has been cooked, you can. HOWEVER, the texture will be much different when you thaw it. It’s best to roast fresh broccoli and then consume what you roast. 

Can I Do This With Rabe? 

Yes, just follow the instructions in this recipe card, it is the same process.

How To Know When It’s Bad

If you notice….

  • The broccoli appears encased in ice crystals or frost
  • It is very light colored and dry
  • Broccoli has  been in  longer than 6 months.
  • There was a lot of air in the package.

Old Time Broccoli Opposite Salad

Tips and Tricks

  • Gather all of your tools, pots and pans and other equipment before starting this project. You don’t want to have boiling water bubbling away and not have everything else you need. 
  • Put water in a large bowl in the sink but don’t add the ice until you are just ready to plunge the broccoli in. That way your ice won’t all melt before you need it. 
  • Only put a few pieces of broccoli into the boiling water at first. You don’t’ want to reduce the simmer with the broccoli you put in. Things will go more quickly if you do fewer pieces at a time. 
  • Remove the iced broccoli to a colander or a towel lined baking sheet to drain. You will want the it as dry as possible before packing into the  bags.
  • Squeeze as much air from the freezer bag as you can before you seal it.
  • Label the bag BEFORE you put the it in. It’s much easier to write on an empty bag! 
  • And HERE is more information that you probably ever wanted to know about Broccoli

PRO TIP:  After you have squeezed the air out and sealed the bag, then spread the broccoli back out in the bag so that it will lay flat in the freezer. This allows it to freeze evenly and is best for space saving in your freezer!

Need MORE Broccoli Info? 

How to Boil Broccoli

Blanch Broccoli

How to Cook Frozen Broccoli

Broccoli Opposite Salad

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

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How to Freeze Broccoli

Freezing Broccoli is the PERFECT way to preserve the nutrient packed veggie for later use!  You’ll have broccoli for all kinds of recipes when you know how to freeze broccoli! 
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to freeze broccoli, freezing broccoli
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
ice bath time, drying and packing: 10 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 15kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs kosher salt
  • 1 lb broccoli

Instructions

  • Put a large stock pot of 4 quarts of water on to boil over high heat on the stove top. Add salt to the water
  • While waiting for the water to heat, gather your other supplies. Place a large bowl in the sink with 1 Quart of water in it. Do not add the ice until just before adding broccoli to the boiling water.
  • When water comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium so that water is at a hard simmer.
  • Add ice to the bowl of water in the sink.
  • Add your broccoli to the boiling water quickly using tongs or other tool. Only add a few pieces to the water at a time so that the water does not lose its boil
  • Allow the vegetables to stay in the water just long enough to begin to change colors. You'll notice the color brightens.
  • Remove the broccoli and plunge immediately into the ice water bath. Allow to soak there for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the vegetables to a paper towel lined tray to dry.
  • Use the paper towel to squeeze the broccoli gently and remove as much water as possible. Then lay the broccoli out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Do not allow the pieces to touch each other. Freeze for 2-6 hours.
  • Once frozen, measure quantities into resealable plastic bag. Squeeze as much air as possible from the bag and seal. Label the bag and place into the freezer.

Notes

  • Gather all of your tools, pots and pans and other equipment before starting this project.  You don’t want to have boiling water bubbiling away and not have everything else you need. 
  • Put water in a large bowl in the sink but don’t add the ice until you are just ready to plunge the broccoli in.  That way your ice won’t all melt before you need it. 
  • Only put a few pieces of broccoli into the boiling water at first.  You don't’ want to reduce the simmer with the broccoli you put in. Things will go more quickly if you do fewer pieces at a time. 
  • Remove the iced broccoli to a colander or a towel lined baking sheet to drain. You will want the broccoli as dry as possible before packing into the freezer bags.
  • Squeeze as much air from the freezer bag as you can before you seal it.  
  • Label the freezer bag BEFORE you put the broccoli in.  It's much easier to write on an empty bag! 
PRO TIP:  After you have squeezed the air out and sealed the bag, then spread the broccoli back out in the bag so that it will lay flat in the freezer. This allows it to freeze evenly and is best for space saving in your freezer!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 15 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1410mg59%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 283IU6%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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