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Learn how to cut broccoli so you waste less. The florets are not the only edible part! This tutorial illustrates how to knife through that big head of broccoli in a way that produces florets with long stems.
Broccoli has a lot to offer: one cup provides about 65 percent of a day’s vitamin C, plus it boasts vitamin A, hunger-fighting fiber, some protein, calcium and iron.
How to cut broccoli
- Start by cutting a few inches off the end of the broccoli stalk.
- Then, stand the head of broccoli up on the cut edge of the stem and place your knife in the divet where the floret stem meets the main stalk.
- Make a cut downwards at the stem’s intersection.
- This will give you a floret with a long stem that includes a slice of the main stem.
- Continue this until your reach the top of the head of broccoli. You can slice it in half or quarters depending on the size.
Recipes with broccoli
- Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
- Grilled Chicken Broccoli Wraps
- Chicken Broccoli Casserole
- Broccoli Mac and Cheese
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Broccoli Fritters
- Broccoli Shrimp Alfredo
- Vegan Broccoli Soup
- Broccoli & Cheese Hand Pies
- Broccoli Pizza Crust
- Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Frequently asked questions
Stems can be chopped and used as any vegetable would in stir-fries and sheet pan dinners or spiralized into noodles, added in broccoli slaw, and added to soups. Just make sure to avoid using broccoli stems in long-simmered vegetable stocks because they can make broth bitter.
First, forget the plastic produce bag! Fresh broccoli lasts best when wrapped in slightly damp paper towels. Some advise storing it bouquet style in a glass of water. Regardless, try to consume within five days.
Try peeling the outermost green layer with a vegetable peeler before chopping.
More broccoli from the stalk equals more nutrition on your plate. Hope this tutorial showed you the best way to cut broccoli so you can easily use it in more recipes.
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How to Cut Broccoli
- 1 head broccoli
- Holding the head of the broccoli on its side, remove about two inches of the stem
- Stand the head of broccoli up on its stem. At the base of each floret, where the floret stem meets the main stem, make a cut downwards at the stem’s intersection. This will give you a floret with a long stem that includes a slice of the main stem.
- Continue this until you reach the top of the head of broccoli and slice it in half or quarters depending on the size.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
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