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Floppy Broccoli and Wilted Kale

No offense, but I think my grocery store (and I won't mention names) is at the end of the truck delivery line. Either that or organic produce just hasn't caught on here and sits and wilts on the shelf. I just want fresh, crisp organic produce. Is that too much to ask? I guess it is. But, aha! I've discovered a little trick that helps return floppy broccoli and wilted kale to its former glory. Simply trim the stems a quarter inch and stand them in a glass or bowl of water. In an hour or two your kale and broccoli should feel garden fresh again!

If you like tips like this one, please leave a comment. I'd love to know.

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Reader Comments (14)

This is a great tip! I never knew that. One of my favorite health food stores is sometimes the same way with their produce. It's great for gluten-free and sugar-free items, but when it comes to the produce, it's often hit-or-miss. This tip will help in the future so I don't have to make a separate trip to another store just for my broccoli!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

Oh, and I "liked" you. Don't worry, I really do "like" Lexie's Kitchen : )


Swack! Thanks Beth. Loving your green bean casserole!


December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

What a great tip!!!! Thanks Lex- that'll help us around here. Think I can do the same with Romaine?


I sure bet it would work. Celery, too.


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

I can't believe I never thought of that! I've worked for two years in the floral industry and that's what we do with flowers so they don't wilt. We even have stuff that looks like broccoli sometimes. So smart!


I know, this is such a "duh" tip. I am sure the older and wiser ones among us already figured this one out ;) You know I saw purple curly kale the other day in the floral department ... such waste when people just use Kale for buffet garnish :)

Thanks for leaving a comment!


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love the tip about the floppy broccoli and wilted kale, so yes, please, continue to give tips like this! Thanks!


Thank you, Karen!!


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

I LOVE that tip!! I do that with herbs, but never thought to do it with kale. Yay--more kale! ;)

And you've got my vote. :)


Thank ya Ms Ricki!!


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

I am so going to try this! I love broccoli. Correct that, I CRAVE broccoli, and get so upset when it is all limp.


Thanks Alisa!!


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Just voted for your blog. Would love it if you would share one of your favorite appetizers on my roundup.


Thanks Jeanette!! I will check my line-up of appetizers ... not sure if I have many, but will send one your way if I do.


December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Hi Lexie!

This also works with spring onions - just peel off the older slimy/browny stalks and trim the ends of the fresher ones (if they have gone bad). I found that not cutting the bottom and roots also help keep them fresher for longer.

Thanks for sharing these tips! It's tough to keep some veggies fresh for longer :p

October 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMisha

Misha, thank you for the tip!


October 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

I blanched them instead because I didn't have time to wait for them. It worked fairly well. Cut them up and put into a barely boiling pot of water. Leave in there about 5 minutes. They were not wilted when I pulled them out. This works especially good on green beans. Thanks for the idea!

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMJ

Please help! I know this might be a long shot, but I'm looking for a gluten free, dairy free and egg free recipe for green bean casserole. I saw there was a mention of a green bean casserole above and assuming it was gf, df and ef. Can you share? I'm new to this whole thing and am having a hard time figuring out how to make this casserole without the above items. Thanks!!

December 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

It worked!!! Thanks!!!

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermonica

It worked. Will visit your site again!!

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

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