How to Freeze Brussels Sprouts

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Learn how to freeze Brussel sprouts in a way that will preserve their texture and flavor. If you’re looking for a simple, quick way to preserve Brussels sprouts and enjoy them all year round, freezing is the perfect solution. Freezing Brussels sprouts provides an easy and efficient way to store them so they remain fresh and flavorful until you are ready to use them.

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If you have an abundance of Brussels sprouts in your garden or you just picked up a great deal on them at the grocery store, there is a simple way to freeze Brussel sprouts and preserve their freshness for future use. Freezing Brussels sprouts is easy and only requires a few simple steps to ensure the best quality and flavor when it comes time to enjoy them.

Check out the top 5 health benefits of frozen fruit and vegetables here.

What are Brussels Sprouts?

Brussels sprouts are a delicious, nutritious vegetable that many people enjoy. These small cabbage-like veggies are packed full of vitamins and minerals, making them a great addition to any meal. They also have a mild flavor that can be enhanced through various cooking techniques.

Sprouts on a stalk and cut to freeze.

Types of Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you love them roasted, sautéed, or raw in a salad, there are several types of Brussels sprouts to explore. Each type has its own unique flavor and texture which can make for an exciting culinary experience.

The most common type of Brussels sprout is the long-stemmed variety with small round heads. This type is often sold pre-packaged in grocery stores and stands out with its bright green color.

Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are rich in fiber which helps to keep your digestive system healthy. This can also help to reduce cholesterol levels and promote weight loss. Brussels sprouts also contain many essential vitamins like vitamin A, C, K1 as well as folate which all play important roles in keeping us healthy.

How to Freeze Brussels Sprouts

STEP 1: SEPARATE FROM STALKS

Separate them from the stalk, and cut off the part that connects the sprout to the head using a sharp knife. Separate the stalk from each sprout individually.

The stalk of brussel sprouts.

STEP 2: WASH & DRAIN

Soak the Brussels sprouts in cold water for about 30 to 40 minutes and add salt. Drain the Brussels sprouts and rinse thoroughly.

STEP 3: BLANCH

Heat water in a large pot until it reaches its boiling point. Once boiling, add Brussels sprouts to the water. The larger Brussels sprouts boil for 5 minutes, the medium ones for 4 minutes, and the smaller ones for 3 minutes.

STEP 4: ICE BATH

Following the allotted time, remove Brussels spouts from your cooking pot and put them straight into the ice bath. This will halt the cooking process and will help the Brussels sprouts firm up. Let them stay in the ice bath until they cool off.

STEP 5: DRY THE SPROUTS

Drain the Brussels sprouts and place them on a kitchen towel to get rid of excess water and dry the sprouts completely.

STEP 6: FLASH FREEZE

Line the tray with parchment paper and place dried Brussels sprouts on it. Make sure there’s enough distance between vegetables. Put the tray in the freezer for 1 hour.

STEP 7: STORE THE SPROUTS

Lastly, take the tray out of the freezer and place the frozen Brussels sprouts in a plastic zip-lock bag or container. Seal it tightly and store it in the freezer. The Brussels sprouts are good to last for about 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

IS IT BETTER TO FREEZE COOKED OR RAW BRUSSELS SPROUTS?

It’s best to freeze uncooked, blanched Brussels sprouts. Blanching will prevent the sprouts from becoming soft and losing flavor.

WHY DO YOU SOAK BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN SALT WATER?

Soaking the sprouts in salt water will get rid of any bacteria inside of the leaves.

HOW TO STORE BRUSSELS SPROUTS?

When storing Brussels sprouts whole, place them loosely in a bowl, cover them with a food-safe plastic wrap, and poke holes into the plastic wrap.

Frozen Brussel Sprouts.

Expert Tips for How to Freeze Brussels Sprouts

  • Blanching Methods: You can blanch Brussels sprouts through water or steam. Water blanching is typically the best for home freezing; steam blanching takes about 1.5 times longer.
  • Faster Freezing: Place the sheet of sprouts close to where cold air enters your freezer.
  • Recommended Tools & Equipment:
    • Chef’s Knife
    • Large Pot
    • Baking Tray
    • Parchment Paper

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How to Freeze Brussels Sprouts

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Learn how to freeze Brussel sprouts in a way that will preserve their texture and flavor. If you’re looking for a simple, quick way to preserve Brussels sprouts and enjoy them all year round, freezing is the perfect solution.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 head Brussels sprout

Instructions

  • Separate them from the stalk, and cut off the part that connects the sprout to the head using a sharp knife. Separate the stalk from each sprout individually.
  • Soak the Brussels sprouts in cold water for about 30 to 40 minutes and add salt. Drain the Brussels sprouts and rinse thoroughly.
  • Heat water in a large pot until it reaches its boiling point. Once boiling, add Brussels sprouts to the water. The larger Brussels sprouts boil for 5 minutes, the medium ones for 4 minutes, and the smaller ones for 3 minutes.
  • Following the allotted time, remove Brussels spouts from your cooking pot and put them straight into the ice bath. This will halt the cooking process and will help the Brussels sprouts firm up. Let them stay in the ice bath until they cool off.
  • Drain the Brussels sprouts and place them on a kitchen towel to get rid of excess water and dry the sprouts completely.
  • Line the tray with parchment paper and place dried Brussels sprouts on it. Make sure there’s enough distance between vegetables. Put the tray in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • Lastly, take the tray out of the freezer and place the frozen Brussels sprouts in a plastic zip-lock bag or container. Seal it tightly and store it in the freezer. The Brussels sprouts are good to last for about 12 months.

Expert Tips

  • Blanching Methods: You can blanch Brussels sprouts through water or steam. Water blanching is typically the best for home freezing; steam blanching takes about 1.5 times longer.
  • Faster Freezing: Place the sheet of sprouts close to where cold air enters your freezer.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

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