It's easy to learn how to dehydrate broccoli whether you're using fresh or frozen broccoli!
The only problem with frozen broccoli that I've noticed is that it can be very bitty, i.e. there are not usually plenty of broccoli florets.
Maybe I need to spend more on a better quality frozen brand you think?
Frozen broccoli is a great stand-in for fresh when it's out of season, as we all love fresh broccoli when it's tossed raw in salads or used as a dipper during summer!
Avoid the solid blocks of frozen broccoli, buy the bags of loose florets instead.
Did you know that broccoli has been around for over 2,000 years and counting?
Don't know if people have been dehydrating broccoli for that long, though!
Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, and Choline and has trace amounts of Niacin, Vitamin E, and Thiamine.
Broccoli's minerals are Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Magnesium.
Trace minerals are Iron, Zinc, Manganese, and Selenium.
Broccoli also contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids too.
If using frozen broccoli, ignore steps 1 and 2 coming up below.
NOTE: if your frozen broccoli has clumped together in the bag, prior to opening the bag drop it gently on your countertop a few times – this helps to loosen it up!
If you still have a few small clumps on your dehydrator trays, simply run the clumps under clean cool water for a few seconds, and that will do the trick!
Or leave broccoli unopened in the bag in the kitchen sink for an hour. You will be able to slice the big florets easily after that.
Get Going Dehydrating Broccoli Now! Add dried broccoli to your arsenal of dehydrated vegetables—so you won't run out! If your kids see you eating broccoli and actually enjoying it, you stand a better chance of your kids eating it too! :-)
When dried broccoli is rehydrated, it is superb as broccoli soup, as well as a souffle, and works well as a sauce!
How about broccoli with cheese? Yummy!
Add some carrots too, and garnish with a sprig of parsley.
Now you know how to dehydrate broccoli for soup etc., let's not forget to add broccoli to quiches too! It isn't as good as fresh, but it's a close second ... and that's why dehydrated broccoli works well in soups and sauces.
If you're looking to add broccoli to your garden, you'll want to make sure you have the right conditions for growing this veggie. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, broccoli prefers full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
When it comes to planting, you'll want to start your broccoli seeds indoors about six weeks before the last spring frost. Once it's time to transplant the seedlings outdoors, make sure to space them 18 to 24 inches apart in rows that are 2½ to 3 feet apart.
Water your broccoli regularly, especially during dry periods. The Almanac also recommends adding a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture.
Harvest your broccoli when the heads are firm and tight. You can cut the entire head off at once, or harvest individual florets as needed. Be sure to check your plants regularly, as broccoli that is left to mature will produce flowers and eventually go to seed.
Growing broccoli can be a challenge, but if you have the right conditions and take care of your plants, you'll be rewarded with a delicious crop of this nutritious vegetable.