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Ask the Produce Docs (Consumers)

How do I best clean broccoli so that there's no insects or dirt hiding in the florets?


Hold the broccoli stalk head end down under running water. You can also submerge the broccoli heads in a bowl of clean water for 10-15 minutes. Insects will eventually come out of the head as they run out of oxygen and can be separated.

How do I keep my greens from leaking juice?


When your greens leak juice, this is a sign of bacterial rot. The best way to slow the development of this rot is to keep your greens as cold as possible (down to 32 degrees) and avoid free moisture on the greens. You can wrap a paper towel around the greens inside a plastic bag to absorb any free moisture that develops.

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