How Long Does Broccoli Last? Addressing Your Storage Concerns

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Broccoli is a popular vegetable simply because it is known to contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. This vegetable is also known to contain antioxidants that can help you avoid some diseases. Broccoli can be quite expensive especially when it is not in season. This is why many want to know if they can be stored.

As a general rule, proper storage will allow you to store vegetables longer. Without the use of refrigeration, or the right containers, the broccoli will easily rot within a few days’ time. Exposing the broccoli to heat and to the open air will make the broccoli rot faster especially if insects are around.

Aside from letting you know how long the broccoli will typically last in storage, I will also be helping you to know more about how you can store it longer. This will allow you to have an abundant supply of broccoli even during the seasons when this vegetable is typically not readily available.

How Long Does Broccoli Last?

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When stored fresh, broccoli will typically last for a few days without refrigeration. When placed inside the refrigerator, it can last anywhere between five to seven days. If it is stored in an airtight container, it might be able to stay fresh for up to two weeks. The lower its storage temperature, the longer it’ll last.

As a matter of fact, if you freeze broccoli, you might be able to extend its shelf life. When opting to freeze this vegetable, you should consider blanching it first. Freeze the newly blanched broccoli within the next two hours so you can store it for as long as six to eight months.

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If you can store the vegetable in low temperatures continuously, you might be able to store them for up to a year. Ideally, the broccoli must be stored in shallow, airtight containers. You should also wrap it tightly with freezer wrap or with aluminum foil. You can also use heavy duty freezer bags.

Another way to extend the shelf life of the broccoli is to make sure that it is properly cleaned and dried before storage. If you can keep them frozen at 0℉, the broccoli will stay in good quality indefinitely. Cooking the broccoli can also kill bacteria and it can also stop the action of enzymes that will make it rot.

How Do I Know If The Broccoli Was Not Stored Properly?

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If you plan on using the broccoli in the next few days, you will need to store it in the crisper drawer or the veggie compartment of your refrigerator. If the broccoli has not been stored properly, its smell, taste and appearance will change. You should however, judge its freshness by sight and smell first.

If you think that the broccoli is no longer fresh and if it has already started to rot, some parts of it will be mushy or bruised. The broccoli will also start to appear limp and its green color will slowly turn yellow over time. The broccoli will also develop a smell that will intensify as it begins to rot and decay.

Never try to check the broccoli’s freshness and quality by trying to taste it first. There is certain health risks involved if you happen to eat spoiled food. Although storing vegetables can help you save money, it would be best that you discard ones that have a questionable odor and appearance instead of risking it.

Other Storage Times That You Should Be Aware Of

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If the broccoli has been frozen, and then thawed, you should never try to freeze it back again for storage. This is why you should only thaw the ones that you plan on cooking or eating on the same day. If you thaw the broccoli in the fridge, it can be stored for as long as three to four days.

If you thaw the broccoli in water or inside a microwave, you should eat it immediately as it will develop a rotten odor in the next couple of hours. As soon as you cook the broccoli, you need to understand that you will be keeping it in room temperature for hours unless you are taking measures to keep it hot.

Since bacteria will thrive in room temperature or in temperatures of 40 °F and 140 °F, you should try to discard the broccoli after a few hours especially if kids have been eating it with their hands. Do not try to freeze the broccoli if it has already been cooked and served for consumption.

Conclusion

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Broccoli is an amazing vegetable that a lot of kids and adults love. Since they are quite expensive, you might want to buy them in bulk while they are cheap, store them for months, and eat them when they are not readily available. If you want to store them successfully, you will need to do it the right way.

Store broccoli in the crisper drawer if you want to store them for a while and consume then in the next few days. Fresh broccoli can stay in good condition for five to seven days if refrigerated. If you plan on storing the broccoli for months, you should blanch it and freeze it at 0℉.

This will allow you to store the broccoli indefinitely especially if the broccoli was properly cleaned, stored in airtight containers and wrapped in freeze wrap prior to freezing. To help you determine if the broccoli is still good enough to eat, you need to check its appearance and odor first.

Never try to taste the broccoli if you are unsure of its freshness and quality. This can help you avoid health risks. Rotten broccoli can contain harmful microbes; they will typically have a mushy texture, a yellow color as well as strong odor.

Do you store broccoli at home? Tell us more about how long your broccoli lasts in the comments section.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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