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2010-05-03 01:32:56 PM  
Article basically says you can't buy canned broccoli because...it's best when it's fresh? Not exactly making a great case, there.
 
2010-05-03 01:42:51 PM  
Broccoli is better roasted when it's fresh or pickled. And it's OK lightly steamed. Other than that....ick.
 
2010-05-03 01:44:49 PM  
You can can a whole chicken too. But again, you really don't want to.
 
2010-05-03 01:45:19 PM  
I also want to take the time to say cauliflower, when steamed until it's super soft and blended into mashed potato-like consistency, is also really good. And that is coming from a person who wants his vegetables as close to they way they were picked as possible.
 
2010-05-03 01:48:09 PM  
Can can
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2010-05-03 01:57:36 PM  
I've never tried canned asparagus. But I can't imagine it's very good. Wouldn't that too get mushy? I won't even eat it frozen.
 
2010-05-03 02:19:53 PM  
Corn and tomatoes (which are really a grain and a fruit) are just about the only veggies I get that are canned. Asparagus is useless, I shudder at the idea of any of the cruciferous veggies, except, of course, cabbage in the form of sauerkraut, and even that is better in glass or plastic bags. Peas are atrocious. Green beans are just barely tolerable, if you add bacon. Beans, if they count as veg.


lunchinlewis: You can can a whole chicken too. But again, you really don't want to.

I've seen that in France, but they love the can can there.
 
2010-05-03 02:30:28 PM  
"Do you want that in the can?"

"No, I'll have it right here."
 
2010-05-03 02:39:09 PM  
Diogenes: I've never tried canned asparagus. But I can't imagine it's very good. Wouldn't that too get mushy? I won't even eat it frozen.

Indeed it does, it's an abomination. You can pickle it with better results.
 
2010-05-03 02:44:38 PM  
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2010-05-03 03:20:22 PM  
Canned fruit is plain nasty. None of it is any damn good.

/Except tomatoes
 
2010-05-03 03:53:02 PM  
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Outside it may be rainy
But in here it's entertaining!
 
2010-05-03 04:34:53 PM  
We eat what we can, and what we can't, we can.
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2010-05-03 05:10:35 PM  
You said 'can' twice...
 
2010-05-03 05:13:00 PM  
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2010-05-03 05:13:25 PM  
I love broccoli and fresh garlic with a little butter over it. Now I'm hungry. Damn it.
 
2010-05-03 05:17:38 PM  
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here. What the hell does tfa have to do with the submitted headline?
 
2010-05-03 05:18:59 PM  
...but Scooby Doo can doo doo!
 
2010-05-03 05:21:38 PM  
Damn, my internal language correction filter just converted can can to can.

"You can broccoli, but here's hy you don't want to".

I was like, WTF?
 
2010-05-03 05:22:22 PM  
Sinister Plans: I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here. What the hell does tfa have to do with the submitted headline?

Wait, nevermind. I actually might be taking crazy pills.
 
2010-05-03 05:22:26 PM  
 
2010-05-03 05:39:53 PM  
There ain't no fark in broccoli.
 
2010-05-03 05:45:39 PM  
What does broccoli and anal sex have in common?


If they were forced on you when you were a kid, you won't like it as an adult.


/still likes broccoli
 
2010-05-03 05:51:07 PM  
But one thing I have always noticed is that while just about every vegetable - onions, asparagus, tomatoes, corn, beets, even kale - is readily available on a shelf, I've never seen broccoli that comes in a tin.
 
2010-05-03 05:59:17 PM  
lunchinlewis: You can can a whole chicken too. But again, you really don't want to.

Chicken in a can challenge on Tosh.O

Link (new window)
 
2010-05-03 06:15:34 PM  
texasyeti: lunchinlewis: You can can a whole chicken too. But again, you really don't want to.

Chicken in a can challenge on Tosh.O

Link (new window)


What was that thing that was eating in that video?
 
2010-05-03 06:18:37 PM  
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2010-05-03 06:19:12 PM  
What about Choppin' Broccoli?

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2010-05-03 06:32:09 PM  
My mother was one of the laziest cooks around. If she could make 4 servings of something, she'd make 12, so she wouldn't have to cook again so soon. Unfortunately, she was the only person in the house who cared so little about food that she'd be happy to eat the same meal for a week. And many of her creations were so vile the rest of us couldn't stomach more than half a serving, so she'd end up eating a vat of it.

One summer she decided that she'd steam some broccoli. True to her fashion, it wasn't just enough to have a few leftovers the next day - it was enough to fill a giant pot in the fridge. Probably 4 heads of broccoli. About a week later, I came home, opened the fridge, and the most foul odor came pouring out. It took us a short while to decide the broccoli was the issue. The next morning, I noticed the pot sitting on the deck. Turns out she had put it out there for the raccoons, but even they wouldn't touch it.
 
2010-05-03 06:38:46 PM  
Roast your broccoli, peoples.

It's delicious, even for broccoli-hating wives.
 
2010-05-03 06:44:10 PM  
precia: My mother was one of the laziest cooks around. If she could make 4 servings of something, she'd make 12, so she wouldn't have to cook again so soon. Unfortunately, she was the only person in the house who cared so little about food that she'd be happy to eat the same meal for a week. And many of her creations were so vile the rest of us couldn't stomach more than half a serving, so she'd end up eating a vat of it.

One summer she decided that she'd steam some broccoli. True to her fashion, it wasn't just enough to have a few leftovers the next day - it was enough to fill a giant pot in the fridge. Probably 4 heads of broccoli. About a week later, I came home, opened the fridge, and the most foul odor came pouring out. It took us a short while to decide the broccoli was the issue. The next morning, I noticed the pot sitting on the deck. Turns out she had put it out there for the raccoons, but even they wouldn't touch it.


I had to check that you weren't my boyfriend, because that sounds exactly like his mother.

She cooked an entire turkey for Christmas dinner once, despite the fact that she knew none of us kids would be there to eat it since we were going to her mother's house (they aren't on speaking terms), and despite the fact that she had an entire cooked ham from the night before that no one had eaten.

She left the ham out in the garage since it was "cold enough" there to "keep it fresh." And used the meat, over the course of about four weeks, to continually make a cauldron of over-cooked soup every few nights. She did the same thing with the turkey.

I had to either cook better food to deflect her from serving it to us, or we had to find somewhere outside the house to be or she'd get offended that we didn't want to eat Green-Ham-in-Soup.
 
2010-05-03 07:04:23 PM  
dryknife: There ain't no fark in broccoli.

Nor chocolate.
 
2010-05-03 07:11:53 PM  
PacManDreaming: I also want to take the time to say cauliflower, when steamed until it's super soft and blended into mashed potato-like consistency, is also really good. And that is coming from a person who wants his vegetables as close to they way they were picked as possible.

Cook the cauliflower in chicken stock, drain slightly (reserving only a little bit of the stock). Puree with some grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the top with crispy bacon bits.

Would someone provide best method for roasting broccoli? I usually just steam mine.
 
2010-05-03 07:11:58 PM  
featherspy: She left the ham out in the garage since it was "cold enough" there to "keep it fresh." And used the meat, over the course of about four weeks, to continually make a cauldron of over-cooked soup every few nights. She did the same thing with the turkey.

I had to either cook better food to deflect her from serving it to us, or we had to find somewhere outside the house to be or she'd get offended that we didn't want to eat Green-Ham-in-Soup.


*gag*

The most memorable soup incident of my childhood was when my mother went on a health food kick. (Well, more of a kick than normal, as I was raised on fruit leather and carob.) She had a recipe for a pureed broccoli and cauliflower soup, which tasted like over-steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and looked so vile my sister and I dubbed it "baby poop soup". Like the broccoli, we had a massive vat of this soup in the fridge for at least a week.

She also likes to save money by not throwing anything out and eating things far past their prime. I had a small pot of yogurt that was getting old, and the foil lid was starting to puff out, so I tossed it in the garbage. Later that night, I noticed that some containers in the fridge were displaced, and when I reached back to see what was keeping everything from sliding back into place, there was my yogurt! She had taken it out of the garbage and hidden it because she was convinced that it was still good.
 
2010-05-03 07:17:49 PM  
Infernal Wedgie: Would someone provide best method for roasting broccoli? I usually just steam mine.

I spray mine with a little cooking spray, season with salt and pepper(or whatever you like) and put it on the grill or under the broiler for a few minutes.

Infernal Wedgie: Cook the cauliflower in chicken stock, drain slightly (reserving only a little bit of the stock). Puree with some grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the top with crispy bacon bits.

Yep. I'm getting to where I like that better than mashed potatoes.
 
2010-05-03 07:26:26 PM  
PacManDreaming: Infernal Wedgie: Would someone provide best method for roasting broccoli? I usually just steam mine.

I spray mine with a little cooking spray, season with salt and pepper(or whatever you like) and put it on the grill or under the broiler for a few minutes.


om nom nom nom. if i weren't going out tonight, i'd grill some broccoli or rapini and maybe some chicken breast.
 
2010-05-03 07:41:10 PM  
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2010-05-03 08:10:49 PM  
LesserEvil: What about Choppin' Broccoli?

Came to chop some broccoli but you beat me to it.

Well done!
 
2010-05-03 09:19:36 PM  
precia: featherspy: She left the ham out in the garage since it was "cold enough" there to "keep it fresh." And used the meat, over the course of about four weeks, to continually make a cauldron of over-cooked soup every few nights. She did the same thing with the turkey.

I had to either cook better food to deflect her from serving it to us, or we had to find somewhere outside the house to be or she'd get offended that we didn't want to eat Green-Ham-in-Soup.

*gag*

The most memorable soup incident of my childhood was when my mother went on a health food kick. (Well, more of a kick than normal, as I was raised on fruit leather and carob.) She had a recipe for a pureed broccoli and cauliflower soup, which tasted like over-steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and looked so vile my sister and I dubbed it "baby poop soup". Like the broccoli, we had a massive vat of this soup in the fridge for at least a week.

She also likes to save money by not throwing anything out and eating things far past their prime. I had a small pot of yogurt that was getting old, and the foil lid was starting to puff out, so I tossed it in the garbage. Later that night, I noticed that some containers in the fridge were displaced, and when I reached back to see what was keeping everything from sliding back into place, there was my yogurt! She had taken it out of the garbage and hidden it because she was convinced that it was still good.


She had a jello mold at Christmas. A jello mold that had been cooked at Thanksgiving. That she continued to eat.

This woman also refuses to drink water with ice in it because it 'shocks your system'. Then she eats two slices of chocolate cake. (Her "health" beliefs are the sort of things that send marketers into frenzies of ecstasy as they sell her goji and Slim-Rite and all those things.)

I'm going to stop now though because I have enough ammunition for WWIII - I declare that we are now comrades in dealing with crazy moms :D
 
2010-05-03 10:00:09 PM  
Infernal Wedgie: Would someone provide best method for roasting broccoli? I usually just steam mine.

I just steam it, now that my main oven is defunct. Roasting is great, but requires a bit more work.

Separate the head from the stalk, and, depending on the size, quarter it or cut it into roughly equal-sized pieces. I cut the bottom half inch or so off the stalk, peel off the rough outer part, and either cut it up into slightly smaller pieces than the head, or, more likely, just eat it while I am working. I get the broccoli with the thickest stalks because I love it so much.

Brush everything lightly with olive oil, sprinkle on a tiny bit of salt and fresh ground pepper, and stick in a 350 to 375oF oven for ten or fifteen minutes. Or a hotter oven for less time.

As with steaming, you should be able to poke a fork in fairly easily, but it should not be the tiniest bit mushy.


featherspy: She had a jello mold at Christmas. A jello mold that had been cooked at Thanksgiving. That she continued to eat.

My mother wanted some jello, so I made her some, and it got pushed to the back of the refrigerator while I waited patiently for her to sask for it. Five to six weeks later, I dug it out and it had shrunk to half its size and gown mold. That day I learned something new: sugar-free jello can actually grow mold.
 
2010-05-03 10:46:04 PM  
Oh yes, one of the deadliest plants on earth. Why, it tries to warn you itself with it's terrible taste.
 
2010-05-03 10:54:57 PM  
Anyone who has oversteamed broccoli understands why it's not available in a can. Inedible.
Current favorite: broccoli and cheddar pizza. Mmm.
 
2010-05-03 11:07:16 PM  
At the local Indian food place, they take big fat broccoli heads, dip them in some kind of spicy curry lentil-flour tempura batter, and fry them in hot oil. The broccoli comes out chewy and still kinda crunchy, but also somehow softer. A humongous plateful of those, some curried cabbage, and everything on the plate covered in chicken tikka masala (with extra sauce) is OM-NOM-NOM-NOM-LICIOUS.

The downside is, when I go walking later, as I am prone to do, anything green and living around me dies, birds drop dead from the sky, buzzing bugs go silent and fall dead, flowers, shrubs, and grass wilt and give up the ghost, and the crowded sidewalks filled with people part in much the same way that Moses must have parted the red sea.

Wife insists that some of the butt trumpets actually lift up the back of my kilt a fair bit.
 
2010-05-03 11:14:24 PM  
I AM BROCCOLI! I HAVE AN IQ OF 10!
 
2010-05-03 11:31:57 PM  
featherspy: I'm going to stop now though because I have enough ammunition for WWIII - I declare that we are now comrades in dealing with crazy moms :D

Deal. You can be my wingman when I explain why the people from Hoarders want to hang out with her. :p
 
2010-05-04 12:41:28 AM  
Roastin' Broccoli Recipe:

Sheet of foil on jelly roll pan/cookie sheet, Broiler at 450 degrees.
Put frozen florets on foil, drizzle with a little olive oil and shake the pan to mostly coat. Broil on top or 2nd rack for about 20 minutes, tossing broccoli halfway through. You may take less than 20 min, but we actually like a few dark edges. Use florets basically the same size- if you have big and small pieces the small ones will burn. When they come out sprinkle with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Wal-Mart carries a 5-lb bag of (BirdsEye???) florets in the freezer section that is good. Dunno the variation to this recipe for fresh broccoli, the frozen is really good stuff.

Another great topping, especially if you're low-carb or just don't want to add any more calories, is Kernel Season's Popcorn Seasonings, found at most supermarkets/walmart. The Garlic Parmesan or other cheese flavors work well without adding carbs, watch out for all the sodium though. Leave off the kosher salt if you're adding this.

Shelled Edamame is great too- we use Target's frozen Mukimame, which is pre-shelled. It only takes about 15-18 minutes to get toasty/crunchy.
 
2010-05-04 01:19:48 AM  
Roasted edamame? You maniac! Will try.
 
2010-05-04 01:29:43 AM  
Why isn't the tag PLUG?
 
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