About Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are sweetest right after they are harvested, and keep longest if left attached to the stalk. Wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator, then break sprouts off the stalk as you need them. The long stalks take up a lot of space, so if you wish/need, snap the individual sprouts off and store in a plastic bag.
They will keep for at least a week stored in a loose or perforated plastic bag, (unwashed and untrimmed), in the crisper drawer of the fridge.
To use, remove any loose or discolored leaves, and trim off the bottom core base of each sprout. Cut a shallow X in the bottom of the stem if you want to speed up the cooking time. If you have a mandolin, use it to make quick work when thin-slicing the sprouts when called for in recipes.
Blanch first by steaming for about 3 minutes. Place cooled, dry sprouts in freezer ziplock baggies, removing as much air as possible.
Liz Talley, Urban Graze
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