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How to Freeze Broccoli

Having a freezer full of prepared broccoli makes it easy to use it in recipes. Learn how to freeze broccoli to preserve it for future meals.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Soaking Time30 mins
Total Time48 mins
Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to freeze broccoli
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 26kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 2 gallons water divided
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • ice


  • Rinse the broccoli well under clean running water to remove dust and dirt from the surface.
  • Cut the broccoli into 2-inch pieces.
  • Combine 1 gallon of water and the salt in a large bowl.
  • Place the broccoli pieces in the salt water, and soak for about 30 minutes.
  • After soaking, drain and rinse the broccoli well under running water before blanching.
  • Fill a large bowl with the remaining gallon of water and ice.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  • Once the water is boiling vigorously, lower the broccoli pieces into the pot and boil for 3-minutes.
  • Remove the blanched broccoli and plunge it into the bowl of ice water to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Once the broccoli florets have cooled, remove them from the ice water and place on a clean kitchen towel to absorb extra moisture.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and arrange the pieces on the trays so they are not overlapping.
  • Place the baking sheets in the freezer and freeze until the broccoli is solid, about 1 to 2-hours.
  • Transfer the frozen broccoli to freezer bags, squeeze to remove air, and seal the bag. Label, date, and store the frozen broccoli in the freezer until ready to use in your favorite recipes. Use within 10-12 months.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1.3g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg