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Garden To Freezer

I am growing broccoli in my garden this year. I just have 18 plants and I think I could have used about 18 more. They produce one big head and then a lot of little shoots for another few weeks. I picked about 8 heads today and thought I’d show you how to prepare it for the freezer.

Freezing broccoli isn’t difficult at all, you just need a few tools. This batch went from garden to freezer in less than 20 minutes.

Get together your tools:

  • A big pot of boiling water
  • Salt
  • A strainer or other tool to get the broccoli out of the boiling water
  • A big bowl of ice water. I put about a quart of ice in the bowl and then fill it up with cold water.
  • Rigid freezer containers or what ever you want to store the broccoli in, in the freezer.
  • Bring the water to a rolling boil. Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into spears, where there are two or three stems of broccoli in a bunch.

    Salt the boiling water liberally.

    Drop a large handful of broccoli into the boiling water. Count down three minutes. Take the broccoli out of the water and give it a shake.

    The broccoli becomes bright green when its boiled.

    Then drop it into the ice water. Let it sit in the ice water just long enough to cool, it won’t take long.

    Finally, transfer the cooled broccoli to your freezer containers and put them in the freezer.

    You may want to steam your broccoli instead of boiling it. If you steam it, time it for 5 minutes then proceed with the ice water bath and freezing.


    1. Sylvia

      Do you live somewhere with a very short growing season?
      I’ve never had any trouble getting broccoli to grow, in fact I’ve always been pretty amazed at how easy it is. I live in Zone 7.

    2. Ellen

      I’m printing this out for future use. I have planted broccoli 3 times and have never had a harvest. I’m told it goes right to seed. Sad…. I most likely will have to buy from farmer’s market and freeze for the winter. ~ Ellen

    3. Robin

      What a blessing that you all have so much broccoli in your garden! 😀 That’s wonderful. What a great tutorial on how to freeze it, too. You’re awesome! 🙂

      • Sylvia

        Thanks Robin … now you need to come and eat some of this broccoli with me! 😀