Simple Steps On How To Cut Broccoli Like a Pro

Last Updated on August 14, 2022 by Griselda M.

Let’s learn how to cut broccoli the right way to avoid wasting too much good stuff from these precious vegetables.

Broccoli is a member of the Brassicaceae family, also known as the mustard family or cabbage family, and is related to cauliflower, kale, collard greens, kohlrabi, and bok choy.  If you are looking to add more greens to your diet, you should try broccoli. It’s a very nutritious vegetable and full of vitamins A, C, K, and Folic Acid.

The leaves of broccoli can be eaten raw as a salad or added to stir-fries. They also make a great addition to soups, especially when combined with other veggies like carrots.

If you want to try adding broccoli to your diet, start with a small amount. Start with a few cups of chopped broccoli and see how it goes. You may find that you enjoy it and can eat it regularly.

Broccoli is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that needs to be prepared with care. It can be very hard to cut or chop if you do not know the correct method. The most important thing is that we do not waste anything.

Why is it Important To Cut Broccoli Properly?

It’s easy to eat raw broccoli, but you can get a lot of vitamins and nutrients from it if you cook it. However, broccoli is one of the vegetables that are very easy to overcook.

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. It belongs to the family Brassicaceae, which also includes kale, cabbage, and cauliflower. We love broccoli. In fact, we love it so much that we can eat it raw with no problem at all.  There are times, though, when we want to make a salad out of our broccoli and we find it hard to decide what to do with it once we’ve prepared it.

Why Is It Important To Cut Broccoli Properly

Is it better to chop it up and put it in a salad bowl? Or is it better to leave it whole and put it on a plate? Cooking broccoli is an easy way to get a lot of nutrients from this vegetable.

The best thing to do with raw broccoli is to eat it raw in salads or by itself. But for cooking, there are several ways you can go about it.

You can either cut the broccoli into small pieces and cook them separately or you can chop the broccoli into smaller pieces and cook the broccoli as one piece. The choice is yours.

Broccoli is easy to overcook. That’s why we usually choose to cut the broccoli into smaller pieces before cooking it.

How To Cut Broccoli Like a Pro

Step #1: Wash off your broccoli plant.

Step #2: Take a sharp chef’s knife and slice off the broccoli floret right where it meets the larger stalk. If you cut off the florets right where they each attach, you will end up with stubby-looking florets. 

Step #3: Cut the large broccoli florets in half.

Step #4: Start by cutting the base of the stem of any large floret in half, pulling it apart using your fingers. Try to cut them in similar sizes making them perfect and beautiful even when cooked.

Step #5: Cut the stalks if you wish to, slicing them into 1/4-inch-sized pieces.

Step #6: The stalks are edible too, so you don’t have to throw them away.  Slice them up and use them as you would the florets.

And that is how to cut broccoli florets ready for cooking.

Please note:  You can cut your broccoli into tiny bits if you would like to use them for broccoli soup, or if you like to just have them in smaller bits.

How To Cut Broccoli From Your Garden

Once your broccoli heads are ready for harvest, you can go ahead and cut them off the plants.  But how exactly do you do that? Well, it’s actually quite easy to cut broccoli from your garden.

What you will need to cut broccoli (and store it)

  • A sharp knife or scissors
  • A container or basket to carry your broccoli home

Step #1: Cut the broccoli off by slicing it at the stem. You’ll notice that there are leaves attached to the bottom of the stem. Leave 2-3 inches of the main stem on the broccoli plant when you harvest it. Cut with sharp scissors or a knife to avoid damaging the stem of the plant.

Step #2: Place the cut broccoli in a large bowl or basket for easier storage and transportation.

Step #3: Store your broccoli in the fridge for up to two days.

Do not wash your broccoli before storage as it attracts mold due to high levels of moisture trapped inside it. This mold leads to rotting even when refrigerated.

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How To Cut Broccoli

Summary Of How To Cut Broccoli

Cutting vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, is a skill that all cooks need to master. This skill comes in handy when you want to cook broccoli or cabbage in a way that the vegetable retains its bright green color and fresh flavor.

Broccoli and cabbage have a tendency to turn brown when cooked. The browning of broccoli and cabbage is caused by the Maillard reaction, which occurs when amino acids are heated with sugars.  To avoid this, ensure that you cook them lightly so you don’t destroy the vitamins in these foods.

FAQ

How to cut broccoli florets?

In a nutshell, you need to cut the stems first. Then cut the florets in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into smaller pieces.

How to cut broccoli from plants?

Cut your broccoli using a sharp knife that will cut the broccoli head from the stem at the level where the head joins the stem.

How to cut broccoli from the garden?

Cutting broccoli from the garden is simple. Check to see that broccoli is ready for harvesting before you cut it off. Once you ensure it's ready, cut the broccoli head off from its stem, leaving two to three inches of the stem, using a sharp knife or scissors.

How to clean and cut broccoli?

Broccoli should be washed with water before cutting. It is also recommended to use a sharp knife when cutting so you get a clean cut.