New day with a new freezing technique for vegetables you didn’t know you could actually freeze!
To answer your question of “Can you freeze broccoli sprouts?” Yes, you sure can, or else I wouldn’t have been here showing off my amazing and different freezing techniques.
Broccoli sprouts come off amazingly when frozen, contrary to the common misconception that freezing ruins them and makes them soggy. This actually happens to the alfalfa sprouts. However, freezing can increase the nutrients of the broccoli sprouts and enhance their fresh and amazing color!
Without any more delay, time to share the exact detailed steps of freezing:
How to freeze broccoli sprouts
It doesn’t require more than these five steps to easily store your extra broccoli sprouts. In fact, I tend to grow as much of my garden as I can with broccoli because I know I can simply freeze them and enjoy them later exactly like the freshly picked ones.
Steps of freezing:
- If you are planting your own broccoli sprouts, then carefully pick each broccoli sprout when they are at the end of their cycle.
- Rinse them with some cold water once after placing them in a colander. Proceed by drying them in a towel.
- Spread the broccoli sprouts on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Try to separate them from each other as much as you can.
- Transfer the baking tray to the freezer and allow them to freeze for about half an hour.
- Once they solidify in the freezer, transfer them from the baking tray to a glass jar or a freezer bag to be moved back to the freezer after labeling the bag with the date and the content to distinguish them from other food placed in the freezer.
Simple enough, right?
Time to learn how to defrost them once they are frozen.
How to defrost broccoli sprout?
Nothing is required more than transferring the freezer bag or the jar containing the broccoli sprouts from the freezer to the fridge or the counter to slowly thaw. This process should take 1-2 hours.
It is recommended to eat the defrosted broccoli sprouts within the first 24 hours after moving them from the freezer.
How long do broccoli sprouts last in the freezer?
Because we wouldn’t like any change in texture, taste, or even color, I would recommend not leaving the broccoli sprouts in the freezer longer than 2 to 3 weeks. While technically speaking, they won’t spoil after this period, yet, they might lose their fresh and amazing taste if left for too long in the freezer.
As a final note. Just like any other raw vegetable sprouts, it is not completely safe to ingest. That’s why pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised people shouldn’t eat raw broccoli sprouts.
What are broccoli sprouts?
They are the small young broccoli seedlings that form the broccoli plant itself, usually ages about 3 to 4 days when eaten. They have a cress shape with a flavor resembling radish.
I like to plant my own broccoli sprouts. It is so easy and the results usually come out perfect, but you can easily get some fresh broccoli sprouts from any local market and enjoy them in a large bowl of salad mixed with other fresh vegetables.