Winter vegetable pleasure: store Brussels sprouts

Winter vegetable pleasure: store Brussels sprouts

Harvest Brussels sprouts properly

From September onwards, the first florets of the Brussels sprouts reach a respectable size so that they are ready for harvest. Always harvest the cabbage stalk from below: Pick the roses the size of a table tennis ball, while the smaller ones above are allowed to continue to grow. A few days later you can pick the larger petals in a further harvesting process, until the entire stalk has been harvested.

In this way, you can harvest small amounts of Brussels sprouts as needed so that you always have them crisp and fresh. Brussels sprouts can stay on the bed even in winter. Frost does not bother him - on the contrary: Only at sub-zero temperatures do the petals gain sweetness and develop their full aroma.

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Store Brussels sprouts in the refrigerator

If you have ever harvested or bought a larger amount of Brussels sprouts than you can immediately process, you can store the petals in the refrigerator for a few days. The leaves would wither quickly at room temperature. Wrap the unwashed cabbage florets in a damp cloth and place them in the vegetable drawer. Process the Brussels sprouts as soon as possible, as they will rot after a few days in the refrigerator.

Freeze Brussels sprouts

Freezing is a good way to preserve Brussels sprouts for a longer period of time. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Clean the Brussels sprouts by removing dead leaves, shortening the stem and washing the florets.
  2. Put water in a sufficiently large saucepan, season it with plenty of salt and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add the Brussels sprouts to the boiling salted water and blanch for three minutes.
  4. Drain the cabbage florets and soak them in ice water. This is how they get their fresh green color.
  5. Place the completely cooled petals next to each other on a wooden board and slide this into the *** freezer compartment. By pre-freezing you prevent the cabbage florets from freezing together into a lump; so you can remove the florets individually.
  6. After a few hours, transfer the Brussels sprouts into freezer-safe containers with tight-fitting lids. Freezer bags are also suitable.
  7. Do not thaw the Brussels sprouts before use, otherwise they will become mushy. Simply add the frozen cabbage florets directly to boiling water or the dish you have prepared.
  8. Use up the Brussels sprouts within a year. After a few months it begins to lose its aroma.