Broccoli Cooking Tips• Broccoli is best when quickly steamed or stir-fried. Overcooking enhances its strong flavor and aroma, dulls the color, and leaches out nutrients. It should be cooked a minimum amount of time until tender, but still crisp.
• If you plan on using the stalks and florets in the same dish, begin cooking the stalks 1 to 2 minutes before adding the florets. The stalks take longer to cook.
• Most cooks prefer to peel away the tough exterior of larger stalks over 1 inch in diameter.
• To cook broccoli florets, trim them to uniform size to promote even cooking.
• Although raw broccoli is often served as crudites with dip, a quick blanching will both tenderize and reduce the strong flavor.
• About 7 minutes is optimum steaming time for broccoli. Remove the lid several times during steaming to release steam which helps the broccoli retain its bright green color.
• Do not wash broccoli until just before you prepare it.
• Broccoli, broccolini, broccoflower, and cauliflower may be used interchangeably in many recipes.
• Lemon juice and mustard seeds can liven up cooked broccoli. Do not add acid until the cooking is complete.
• If you only need the florets for a dish, do not toss the stems. Peel, blanch for two minutes, and freeze up to three months for use in soups and stews.
More About Broccoli and Broccoli Recipes:• Broccoli Cooking Tips
• Broccoli Selection and Storage
• Broccoli Measures, Weights, Substitutions, and Equivalents
• Broccoli History
• Broccoli Recipes
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