Drowning in a sea of broccoli!

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As is so often the case, a particular crop comes on all at once, producing more than I could ever use.  Right now, it’s broccoli – a perfect example of why learning different methods of preserving crops is such an important part of vegetable gardening!  All of a sudden, all of my large and prolific broccoli plants – which until last week didn’t look like they were producing much more than gigantic leaves – have broccoli heads on them.  Like many crops, it’s essential that you harvest broccoli right when it’s ready – when the heads are still tight – otherwise, it starts to go to flower (which is very pretty, but not particularly tasty).

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So, my mom and I cut all of the broccoli heads that were ready to go, then cut them up into 1-1 1/2″ florets, dunked them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then immediately submerged them in ice water (to stop them from cooking) for another 2-3 minutes, and then into quart freezer bags.  Preserving fresh garden produce doesn’t get any easier than this!

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I think that my crop is so productive this year because of the new raised beds in the veggie garden – and the new, fresh soil in those beds.  It makes all the work from earlier this spring worthwhile!

 

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2 comments on “Drowning in a sea of broccoli!

  1. Take a bunch of fresh broccoli, toss it in olive oil, salt and pepper and throw it on the grill. It lasts for days and it’s great in salads, omelets, etc.
    Great. Now I’m hungry. Again.

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