How to Store Broccoli So It Stays Fresh For Longer

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Broccoli is a notoriously difficult vegetable to store. Here’s how to make the most of your broccoli for as long as you can: 

How Long Does Broccoli Last? 

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Properly stored, broccoli lasts about three to five days in the fridge—whether it’s cooked or raw. Raw chopped broccoli, though, will probably go bad in about two days (so eat up!). 

Related: 50+ Broccoli Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

Two Ways to Store Broccoli

You may be inclined to keep broccoli in an airtight bag in the fridge. Don’t do that. While the refrigerator is definitely the best place to store broccoli, this vegetable thrives when it can breathe. Here are two of our favorite ways to store broccoli:

The Paper Towel Method

Forgo the plastic bag and loosely wrap your broccoli in a damp paper towel before storing it in the refrigerator. This provides a healthy and moist (but breathable) environment for your broccoli. Make sure not to wash the broccoli beforehand, as too much moisture might encourage mold growth. Instead, thoroughly wash it right before you use it. Stored this way, it’ll stay fresh for three to five days.  

The Bouquet Method

Treat your fresh broccoli like a beautiful bouquet of flowers: Put them in a vase!

To do this, all you need to do is fill a jar or glass with a few inches of water. Put the broccoli (stem down) into the glass, making sure the ends are submerged. The bushy head should peek out over the top. Store in the fridge for three to five days. Change the water daily.

Fun fact: This is also the best way to store fresh basil.

Can You Freeze Broccoli? 

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Yes! You can freeze broccoli for up to 12 months. Here’s how: 

  1. Cut: Cut the broccoli head into smaller florets.
  2. Blanch: Boil the florets for about three minutes. Immediately transfer to an ice water bath and let them sit for another three minutes. 
  3. Dry: Next, thoroughly drain and dry the blanched broccoli. Remove all excess moisture with a paper towel. 
  4. Store: Store broccoli in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 12 months.

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