Yummy Broccoli: 5 Ways to Unlock the Benefits of Freeze Dried Broccoli
Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber.¹ Freeze dried broccoli is a favorite for hikers and campers; more so, it is ideal for busy families who don’t cook consistently and often have to throw away vegetables because they’ve gone moldy.² The process of freeze drying doesn’t interfere with the nutrient profile or flavor; the natural color, fresh taste, and flavor remain intact. When you rehydrate, it absorbs the liquid and goes back the same texture as fresh broccoli.¹
It is excellent for soups, casseroles, stir-fries, or for a snack.³ It is ready to cook or eat straight from the bag. Rehydrating the vegetable is fast and convenient. If you wish to save time on shopping and cooking, here are 5 easy ways to prepare freeze-dried broccoli.
Straight out of the Jar/ Bag
Snacking is a simple way to enjoy the benefits of broccoli. It is a perfect, healthy snack when doing outdoor activities, like hiking or camping. The packs are lightweight and ideal for backpacking, and since they have a great shelf life, you can store them for survival or emergency preparedness.³ Enjoy our crunchy broccoli that is natural and free from added fats, additives, and flavoring. They taste more delicious than candy or chips.¹
Freeze dried broccoli is a healthy boost for homemade soup. To make soup, mix the freeze dried broccoli with our diced potato, onions, mixed pepper, and beans. Cook in a pot of water for about 20 minutes and season with salt. Remember to increase water by 2-3 extra tablespoons for every cup of vegetables in your broth to cover up for the amount of water that they would soak up.² You can also rehydrate it first before mixing it with the soup.
To prepare: add two parts of water to one part of broccoli. Set it aside for about 20 minutes so it’s fully rehydrated.¹ A half cup of freeze dried broccoli is equal to a cup of fresh broccoli; therefore, freeze dried broccoli would increase in volume by almost 3% when added to the soup.²
Boil or Steam
Rehydrate the broccoli by soaking it in water at room temperature for 30 minutes to one hour, or simmer for about 10-15 minutes to cook it faster, until they are crisp and tender. Drain using a colander.³ Because broccoli continues cooking even after you remove it, cool it immediately by placing on a baking sheet to cool at room temperature.⁴
Alternatively, put water in a pot and bring it to boil. Put the broccoli in a steamer basket and put it over the boiling water and cover with a lid. Ensure that the water is low enough in the pot so that it’s not coming up through the holes of the steamer.⁴ Cover and cook for around 5 minutes. Remove it from the steamer. Serve them plain or with seasoning alongside your stew. You can also enhance the flavor with lemon juice, flavored butter, oregano, basil, or thyme.
Sautéed broccoli has a golden crown. To prepare it, heat the broccoli in water until the water boils. Reduce the heat and simmer for 4 minutes or until crisp and tender. Drain and set aside. Heat oil in a pan. Add the broccoli and a pinch of salt. Stir until it is glazed and tender. You can add our garlic, salt, and pepper, and sprinkle lemon juice on it the way you like it. Serve immediately.⁵ You can also sautée the broccoli with butter and spices, then use as a filling for omelets.⁴
Sauces or Smoothies
The easiest way to use freeze dried broccoli is to add to sauces. Blend them into vegetable powder and add to your sauces.⁴ Smoothies are a great way to sneak in the benefits of vegetables. Blend the broccoli with mango juice or yogurt and get the green awesomeness.³ Our broccoli is crispy and fresh, and the nutrient profile is just like the fresh state.
Try our freeze dried broccoli today. It’s a choice that you won’t regret.References
- Branden Evans