There was something that caught in my chest as I froze this broccoli today. Back in March when I planted my broccoli seeds I had a really hard time imagining that I would get anything out of it other than leaves and the trouble of watering it daily. I had the same feeling in June too! It took nearly 2 months out in the garden before these stinkers even gave me a dime sized head of a broccoli.
Now, fast forward 7 weeks later! The broccoli was staring me in the face as I went out to pick some tomatoes and estimate the amount of green beans there are to can (that post looks like it will be coming early next week!) I came inside and armed myself with the best knowledge available of how to make sure that my persistence of keeping these plants alive was rewarded with a worthwhile result in October as I make my first batch of broccoli, potato, cheese soup (that recipe will come in October!)
Before we officially start here is a list of needed items!
Broccoli (as fresh as possible!)
2 LARGE bowls
1 small strainer
1 large strainer
1 large pot of water 2/3 full of water
Zipper Freezer bags
The first step after bringing in your broccoli should be a no brainer!
Toss the pieces into a brining solution (1 gallon water to 4 tsp. salt) to remove any pest still lurkin’. Keep them in the brine for half an hour.
Now pretend you see a picture of these florets in a big pot of boiling water!
Isn’t that an incredible sight! Wow!
Set the timer for 3 minutes. Cover with the lid! While the florets blanch, fill a large bowl with ice water (extra ice)Use a small strainer to transfer all the broccoli from the boiling water into your LARGE bowl of ice water. Let it chill for the same amount of time it was boiling. 3 minutes.
See that straw? That comes next!
With the 7 “normal” sized heads I started out with, I ended up with 6 quart sized bags most of the way full. In my deep freeze it will keep fresh tasting for at least a year (if it would last that long).
You know that thing (ya know, the thing that caught in my chest)? I think it was joy from knowing that the hard work had paid off. That my family will be blessed with healthy meals during the winter with broccoli that came from a $1 package of seed and persistence! You can do it too! I promise!
Thank you pickyourown.org for the great wealth of knowledge!