3 Ways to Wash Broccoli

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3 Ways to Wash Broccoli
3 Ways to Wash Broccoli

Broccoli is a healthy, tasty vegetable that grows on flower heads that are composed of florets. Before cooking or eating fresh broccoli, wash it thoroughly to get rid of dirt, pesticides, and insects that may be hiding in it. You can wash it off quickly with a mixture of water and vinegar and remove larvae or any other insect with a brine bath.


Method 1 of 3: Washing with Water

Step 1. Fill the sink with cold water and let the broccoli soak for five to ten minutes

Thoroughly clean the sink and cover the drain. Fill with water until you can soak the broccoli. Then just put the vegetable inside and leave it, so that the dirt and debris in general are carried away by the water.

  • When putting the broccoli in the sink, stir it in the water a little to loosen the biggest chunks of dirt.
  • If you use warm water, the broccoli flowers will wither a little.
  • If you don't have a sink available, use a large bowl. Just make sure the broccoli is well submerged in water.

Step 2. Place the broccoli in a colander and rinse with cold water

After soaking, let the water in the sink drain and turn on the faucet. The water will rinse the broccoli. Turn it over so she can wash both sides.

If you don't have a colander, hold the broccoli underwater and stir it back and forth

Step 3. Hand rub to remove dirt and debris

The head of broccoli is irregular and has lots of spaces for dirt to infiltrate. Work this out by running your fingers over the green flowers and rubbing the sides and stem underneath.

If you have a brush to clean vegetables and fruits, use it to sanitize the broccoli, but remember to be careful when brushing the flowers. They are delicate and can easily come off the stem

Step 4. Shake the broccoli before serving or cooking

Hold it over the sink and let the water run off your head for a few seconds. Then beat the broccoli three or four times to get as much water as possible.

If the florets and stem are still wet, dry them with a paper towel or a clean cloth before preparing the broccoli

Method 2 of 3: Using Vinegar

Step 1. Fill a bowl with three parts water and one part white vinegar

Make sure the bowl is big enough to accommodate the broccoli head and stir with a spoon to mix the water into the vinegar. Add enough water to cover the vegetable well.

For example, if you put three cups of water in the bowl, add another cup of white vinegar to maintain the proportion

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Step 2. Put the broccoli in the vinegar mixture and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes

Stir the broccoli in the bowl a few times to loosen the larger dirt and leave it there without stirring afterwards. While it's soaking, make the other dishes for the meal.

A vinegar bath takes a little longer than a cold water bath, but it is more effective at removing pesticides and bacteria than plain water

Step 3. Take the broccoli out of the bath and rinse with cold water

As you rinse, run your hand or a vegetable brush to scrub both the stem and the flowers. Rinse all sides of the broccoli, including the underside of the stem and under the flowers.

If you soak for more than 30 minutes, it will soak up the vinegar and turn bitter

Method 3 of 3: Killing Critters with Salt Water

Step 1. Place the broccoli flowers side down in a container filled with cold water

If the broccoli is organic or from a home garden, the problem is the bugs that hide in the middle of the vegetable. Solve this by soaking the broccoli in salt water.

Worms and earthworms tend to stay in flowers, where there is plenty of hiding place. If you're afraid of having bugs on the stem too, dip the whole broccoli in the water, but leave the flowers face down at all times

Step 2. Add a teaspoon of salt for every 1 L of cold water

Add the salt after adding the broccoli and stir the vegetable into the water to mix. Doing so also releases larvae from where they are hiding and can release several at once.

If you don't see any larvae when you move the broccoli, continue the process to ensure you don't have any hidden in the vegetable

Step 3. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes to ward off larvae

While the broccoli is soaking, the larvae will contract from the cold water and float to the surface. Take them out of the water with a sieve or a slotted spoon.

You don't need to get the larvae out of the water, but this prevents them from sticking to the broccoli again before you get it out

Step 4. Rinse the flowers with cold water to remove the salt

After the brine bath, the broccoli will have a little salt stuck to it. Hold the head under water for about 15 seconds and turn to rinse it.

If you haven't cleaned your broccoli by scrubbing with a brush or your hand, do this while rinsing your head

Step 5. Shake the broccoli and dry

Hold the vegetable upside down over the sink and tap the underside to loosen any remaining larvae. Afterwards, use a clean dish towel to remove excess water and inspect the flower part well.

Once the broccoli is clean and dry, cut or cook to serve


Mix the methods shown above to ensure the broccoli is completely clean before cooking or serving


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