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BROCCOLI - FRESH, RAW

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3-5 days
Freezer
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12-18 months

Tips

  • How long does raw broccoli last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep broccoli refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw broccoli, refrigerate in a plastic bag; do not wash until ready to use.
  • Properly stored, broccoli will usually keep well for about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • Do you need to wash raw broccoli before eating it? Yes, broccoli should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating.
  • How long does raw broccoli last after it's been sliced or chopped? Chopped raw broccoli will last for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long does broccoli last in the fridge once it has been cooked? Cooked broccoli will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Can you freeze broccoli? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash thoroughly, cut off leaves and woody stems; (2) Spit flowerets and stalks into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces; (3) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) broccoli for three minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (4) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long does broccoli last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - broccoli that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if broccoli is bad or spoiled? Broccoli that is spoiling will typically become soft, and discolored; discard any broccoli that has an off smell or appearance.

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