Broccoli was on sale for 99¢ at my local grocer yesterday. Since that is a decent price for this time of year and because I use it for a lot meals I bought extra. It was incredibly simple to prepare and freeze, not to mention a great money saver too.
Here are the easy steps:
1. Chop it.
2. Steam it for 2-3 minutes, or until you can pierce it with a fork then drain and rinse with cold water.
3. Blanch it by shocking it in a bath of ice water.
4. Remove excess water and place in a ziploc or food saver bag, then toss into the freezer.
5. When you are ready to use, just put it directly into the dish you are preparing. You can also resteam it and serve.
I can find frozen veggies on sale for around $1 for 10 oz from time to time. But I figured by buying 5 pounds for $5, I saved at least $3. Imagine how much I will save by doing this when it goes on sale for 69¢ over the summer!
I've read that broccoli will stay good for around 9 months in the freezer prepared this way.
There are lots of other veggies you can do this with too and save money, including asparagus, carrots, cauliflower,celery, peas, sweet corn and more. I found a great guide here.