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Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts – either you love them or you hate them. Use our guide to make the most of these nutritious and delicious winter veggies.

Optimal Storage

  • Do not wash until ready to use.
  • Store loose Brussels sprouts in a breathable bag in the high humidity drawer of the refrigerator.
  • Brussels sprouts on the stalk will last longer than those off the stalk—wrap the bottom of the stalk with a moist paper towel and then plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator, or in a cold place.

Freezing

  • Blanch, drain and dry, then freeze in an airtight container.
  • Roast or steam Brussels sprouts straight from the freezer.

Root to Fruit

  • The stem only needs to be trimmed to remove tough bits – usually just a few millimetres.
  • The outer leaves are edible.
  • Stalks tend to be too tough and woody to eat (though the thinner end may be tender enough). They can be used in soup stock.

Revival

  • Peel away the yellowing outer layers of sprouts; often there is still a significant and beautiful sprout inside.