Do not think that just a refrigerator you can comfortably store food for many days, especially with vegetables, because they also have a certain lifespan when they have been refrigerated. Therefore, when storing vegetables in the refrigerator, you need to pay attention to certain principles and understand the lifespan of the food so that it can be used properly, avoiding waste and not harming health. It is best to use them as soon as possible.
Broccoli is a green vegetable with a special structure that has edible branches and a thick stem. Broccoli also provides nutritional value including vitamins, folate and potassium which is great for weight loss because of its richness in fiber. These modern days, people seem to be more and more hectic so we often have a habit of buying broccoli for not only eating right away but also storing for days after. But how long does broccoli last in the fridge when you cannot estimate exactly the number of days to store, this article will give you the final answer for both fresh and cooked broccoli.
For proper storage time, fresh broccoli will keep well for a period of 5 to 7 days in the fridge. If you keep it in an airtight container of a reusable plastic bag, it can last up to 2 weeks. However, for chopped or sliced broccoli, their shelf life is quite shorter, they can last for only 2 days which is not long as the whole broccoli’s storage time. If you want to keep broccoli for a longer time, you should use a freezer. This refrigerated cabinet can maintain the freshness inside the broccoli up to 6 to 8 months.
Another tip to extend the lifespan of raw broccoli, do not wash it unless you are ready to cook, which prevents water from food spoilage.
Comparing to the storing method of fresh broccoli, cooked broccoli can last for 7 to 9 days in the refrigerator and maintain the best quality for 12 months in the freezer but remain safe to eat beyond that period of time. 0 degrees F will definitely be the perfect temperature for freezing cooked broccoli.
But how long is cooked broccoli good for after being frozen and then thawed? The answer is it has been used for an additional 3 to 4 days after you thaw in the microwave or in cold water. How about at room temperature? Temperature between 40 degrees and 140 degrees can create a good condition for bacteria to grow rapidly; therefore, you’d better reheat within 2 hours before bacteria entering too much into broccoli and causes food unsafety.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked broccoli, cover it with airtight containers, wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap or even plastic bag (not recommended). Some fruits and vegetables (including broccoli) may emit bad odors and affect the taste of other foods when stored. To reduce odors, you can put a box of baking powder in the refrigerator to absorb odors and moisture. Occasionally remove the top layer of baking powder periodically to maintain its effectiveness.