We try to grow as much broccoli as we can to save money and to have it often with our main meal Unfortunately supermarkets charge as much as $8 kilo when it's out of season. That's when it stays on the shelf. When it's cheap we buy lots to blanch and freeze for future use.
Another way to make the most of broccoli is to use the stem. Cut or peel the outer layer off as it's quite tough. Dice the stem into small pieces. It can be frozen in freezer bags or containers and used in stews, soups and casseroles. It makes a great substitute for celery. If you are making a vegetable soup, put the whole stem into the soup pot and cook for about an hour. Blend with a stick blender for extra goodness you can't see.
|Scraps at the top for the compost, Diced at the bottom for the freezer|
|Blanched and ready to freeze|