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Old 12-16-2004, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to cook broccoli that keeps the nutrients in?

Hey people, I've been meaning to add more broccoli to my diet of fruits&veggies but I am not quite sure of the best way to cook them that keeps all the nutrients in. If you should share your favorite method it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2004, 03:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i just steam all my vegies til they are just a little crunchy. I figure that it is as close to raw as you can get!!
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Old 12-16-2004, 05:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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yep - steam them! Get a pot, fill it about 2" full and get a steamer (looks like a metal expandable flower) and stick it in the bottom of the pot. fill with clean broccoli, cover, and let it steam for about 10 minutes.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can even steam in a microwave... Throw the brocolli in a microwave safe dish - put the juice of one memon, some garlic -- ok lots of garlic - cover the dish with cling wrap, and pierce once or twice to vent. Put in the microwave for a few minutes...

Remove cling wrap carefully... Enjoy
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have heard that microwaving with plastic is not good to do. I dont remember the reasoning, but since I heard that Ive been using only wax paper in the microwave. just something to think about
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Old 12-16-2004, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I heard that plastic and plastic wrap can cause cancer, but then agian everything causes cancer these days.
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Old 12-16-2004, 02:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mmmm this steaming thing sounds like the way to go. I will give it a try. thanks everybody.
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Old 12-16-2004, 04:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I throw it in the same skillet I just cooked my meat in, and steam it in there for a minute. (lid on) This adds extra flavor with spices and juice. I like it with butter, or extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top, a little salt and pepper... MmmmMm.
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Old 12-25-2004, 07:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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steam is the way to go. When you choose your veggies, pick either frozen or fresh. With frozen veggies they blanch them first (boil them for a short about of time then put them into cold water and freeze them. this locks the nutrients in)

and fresh well all the nutrients are still there... and far as canned....least of them all
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Old 12-29-2004, 06:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Steaming is good. Any cooking takes away from the nutrients; however, some things tend to seal it in. For example, try quickly tossing it in a pan with already hot olive oil and garlic. The flavor is great and you lose very little because it gets sealed in.
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Old 12-29-2004, 06:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Steaming.

It's well regarded as the best way of maintaining nutrients in vegetables.

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Old 12-29-2004, 03:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ryfo
i just steam all my vegies til they are just a little crunchy. I figure that it is as close to raw as you can get!!
Yep. Thats what i do.
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Old 12-29-2004, 05:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Some of the health-supporting compounds in broccoli can be increased by slicing or chewing, since both slicing and chewing can help activate enzymes in the broccoli. The heating (for example steaming, as mentioned above) of unsliced broccoli is also fine, since bacteria in the intestine also have enzymes that can cause production of health-supportive compounds. When cooking broccoli, however, the stems and florets should be prepared differently. Since the fibrous stems take longer to cook, they can be prepared separately for a few minutes before adding the florets. If you want them to cool quicker, make lengthwise slits in the stems. While people do not generally eat the leaves, they are perfectly edible and contain concentrated amounts of nutrients.
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Old 12-30-2004, 10:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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that's right, light steam, or quick dip in bouiling water will preserve and maximize nutirent content
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