The bright green stalks and florets of a bunch of broccoli are bursting with nutrients, including vitamin C, protein, fiber and calcium. Broccoli is also low in calories — a half-cup serving contains just 23 calories.
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When cooking broccoli, you might notice a sulfur-like odor: This odor indicates that you may have purchased a less-than-fresh bunch of broccoli from your supermarket or local farm stand.
Fortunately, you can use a few tips when cooking your broccoli to stop the vegetable from smelling as badly while retaining its vitamins and minerals.
Things You'll Need
- Place a piece of sandwich bread, ripped or cut into quarters, into the bottom of a cooking pot. The bread helps absorb odors.
- Set a steamer basket into the pot and add just enough water that the bottom edge of the steamer basket is wet. You only need 1 to 2 inches of water to steam vegetables.
- Turn the stove's burner to high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Cut the broccoli into small pieces, separating large bunches of florets.
- Place the broccoli into the steamer basket.
- Cover the pot and steam the vegetable for 3 to 4 minutes. Overcooked broccoli can develop an unpleasant odor as it cooks.
- Remove the cover if the broccoli begins to smell before it's completely cooked to allow the odor to dissipate into the air.