First off, the Broccoli is a highly nutritious vegetable that provides your body with enough body minerals such as calcium, vitamins, phosphorous and potassium, but when it comes to daily use, you cannot eat them all the time, i.e., breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Therefore because of its nature and abundance Broccoli needs to be preserved for more prolonged usage, However, how to identify fresh or rotten Broccoli, how to maintain Broccoli and for how long can it be kept, all this we are going to discuss in the context below.
How can you Identify fresh Broccoli from rotten Broccoli?
Usually, healthy Broccoli is greenish, smells okay and has a crispy texture, it’s most likely edible, but if these three attributes are missing, it’s safer for you to throw it away.
The easiest way to identify rotten Broccoli is usually in the odor. This can easily show a rotten up Broccoli using the intensely bad smell.
Also, color is another visible change that occurs whenever Broccoli has passed its prime or not 100% suitable for consumption anymore.
Initially, it is always deep green, and then it matures into becoming a bright green and later turns yellow Broccoli with both the deep green and light green are suitable for consumption unlike ones with yellow color.
Although yellowish Broccoli isn’t necessarily spoiled, it usually tastes awkwardly bad, after cooking it. Therefore, if you have Broccoli with yellowish florets color, you can discard it.
And if you ever noticed you come across Broccoli with purple color in the store, they are as well as good as the greenish Broccoli, healthy and suitable for consumption.
Lastly, whenever you are trying to check for rotten up Broccoli? You can always check the texture. If the stalks are not firm anymore, the internal texture change is already quite significant, and the best you can do is never consume them.
How long does the Broccoli last?
First and foremost, when Broccoli is not stored artificially in a customized way it has a shorter lifespan usually not more than 2-5 days.
But when you artificially preserved it in the storage, either with the use of a fridge or freezer, the preserving lifespan value will change.
Hence, based on the preserving condition, Broccoli exhibits two sorts of lifetimes.
-When using Fridge as Storage
When your fresh/raw whole Broccoli, is stored in the fridge, it always lasts for about a week and sometimes two weeks, of which the later rarely happens depending on how long the Broccoli you bought was stored in the store, so it’s difficult to estimate how it will last in the fridge.
-When Using Freezer (Refrigerator)
For longer lasting broccoli storage lifespan, the best way to preserve it is storing it inside a freezer. In an appropriately maintained freezer, Broccoli can have a safeguarded lifetime of around one 18 months! Although for you to attain this more extended period, you need to have a particular arrangement of the vegetable in the freezer.
However, conventional household refrigerators won’t work for continued preservation. And why will you as an average consumer want to preserve your Broccoli for one and half years in your kitchen?
For cooked Broccoli, it usually stays suitable for about one two three days because the quality often gets degraded quite quickly. You can as well freeze your cooked Broccoli, and that can be achieved by transferring it to an airtight container with the label after cooling and store it in the freezer. The cooked and stored Broccoli can last seven to nine days.
Fresh or Cooked Broccoli- Which Last Longer?
As earlier mentioned, the raw piece of Broccoli lasts for two to four days without any preservation. But if your Broccoli is already cooked, we will advise you to eat it as earlier as possible because it doesn’t stay long at all, and it relatively has a lesser lifespan of one to three days compared to the raw of two to four days when not preserved.
However, either cooked or raw, both can be preserved over nearly the same amount of time depending on the mode of storage.
How to preserve Broccoli
- Just like any other vegetable you buy, the first thing that must be done either before consuming or preserving it is to wash thoroughly.
- Therefore, for proper hygienic procedures, rinse the Broccoli and remove any dust or debris attached to the fruit.
- After thorough rinsing makes sure, it becomes dry to avoid mold to develop on it.
Either way, if you are not convinced with ordinary water rinsing, you can as well use the white vinegar solution in washing the Broccoli.
- Cut your Broccoli into smaller pieces. Then, prepare a water solution by mixing the 2/3 of water with 1/3 of white vinegar.
- After that, put the Broccoli into the solution and wash it thoroughly.
Thus, white vinegar contains acetic acid that helps in removing any dust or bacteria.
- Rinse the Broccoli with the fresh water.
- After completing the rinsing procedure, find a plastic bag or any other airtight container, preferably with zip-lock large enough to fit the Broccoli and put the vegetable inside it.
- Now perforate your airtight container or your plastic bag to allow airflow through the vessel in which you already packed your Broccoli for preservation.
- Then preserve the Broccoli by freezing it; usually, this is done if you want to extend the lifetime of the veggie for a few months.
NB. If you plan on consuming your Broccoli on the same day that you bought it, or the day after, we advise you to leave it on the countertop or in a ventilated environment to avoid being wilted. But If you have the intention of just buying then cook later, the fridge is the best place to preserve raw Broccoli.
With regards to cooked Broccoli, comparatively to a crisp one, it ought to be put away in the refrigerator to extend its lifespan. When it chills off, pack into an airtight container and placed inside the fridge.