Why Does My Broccoli Smell Bad?

Ingredient Questions

Q: Has anyone had issues storing cooked broccoli? I pack mine in an airtight container, but find that this gives the broccoli an unpleasant odor and texture.

Usually I lightly boil my broccoli for two minutes and then cool them before storing. Do you have any suggestions on how I can properly cook and store broccoli to prevent this from happening?

Sent by Olivia

Editor: Definitely make sure your broccoli is completely cool before snapping on that lid and putting the container in the fridge. If the broccoli is still warm at all, it will continue to steam in the container and this might result in the weird odor and texture you mention.

Take a look at our broccoli tutorial and see if there might be some new tricks you can try:

How to Cook Broccoli

Readers, what other suggestions do you have?


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