Prepare broccoli correctly: How to preserve the vitamins

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Broccoli is a real powerhouse among vegetables known for its nutrient density.

Proper preparation plays a crucial role in how many of the valuable ingredients are retained.

According to a report by myHOMEBOOK, there are various methods of preparing broccoli that not only improve the taste but also preserve valuable vitamins and minerals.

Steaming broccoli is one of the recommended methods. This is particularly beneficial as it preserves most of the nutrients and the natural color of the vegetable.

When steaming, the broccoli is placed in a colander over boiling water and cooked by the rising steam.

This method takes around five to ten minutes and prevents water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C from being transferred to the cooking water and lost.

An alternative method is steaming. This involves placing the broccoli in a pan with a little oil and a small amount of water. The water should be just enough to cover the bottom.

Once the water is boiling, the broccoli florets are added, the pot is covered, and the vegetables are cooked over medium heat for three to five minutes. This method also preserves many of the nutrients and keeps the broccoli crunchy.

Traditional cooking is also an option for those who want to prepare broccoli quickly. However, the broccoli should not remain in the water for longer than six minutes to avoid overcooking and the associated loss of nutrients.
After cooking, it is also advisable to rinse the broccoli in ice water to stop the cooking process immediately and preserve the green color.

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