How Long Does Broccoli Last?

How long does broccoli last? The shelf life of broccoli, like most other fresh vegetables may not have a sell by date, use by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date in most cases. Because of their vitamin content and other health benefits including many studies naming it as a cancer fighter, broccoli is a popular vegetable.

So, how long does broccoli last? When properly stored, the shelf life of broccoli is approximately...

Broccoli Expiration Date

Fresh Broccoli lasts for 7-14 Days
Cooked Broccoli lasts for 7-9 Days

Of course, broccoli lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly.

How to tell if Broccoli is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent foodborne illness.

When broccoli is starting to go bad the smell will intensify, that's usually the first sign. At about the same time you will notice a color change as the bright green color begins to turn yellow and it's crisp texture will become limp.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods before their shelf life has expired!

How to store Broccoli to extend its shelf life?

To extend the shelf life of broccoli, it is best to store whole bunches in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge vegetable drawer.

For a longer term option, broccoli may be frozen for 6-8 months, but they should be blanched first and placed in freezer safe containers.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

How to use extra before your Broccoli goes bad?

  • Quickly cook or blanch the broccoli by boiling for one minute and then either refrigerate or freeze in freezer safe containers.
  • To find out how to steam this and other fresh vegetables, check our post on how to steam vegetables.
  • How long is Broccoli good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does broccoli last? That depends. How long does rice last? In general, it lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe.

    What are our shelf life resources?

    In determining how long Broccoli lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Broccoli.

    *An important note about expiration dates...

    Although the Broccoli shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care professional. Please eat responsibly!