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I'm busy nipping/blanching florets for freezing Broccoli and Cauliflower and it just occurred to me how much I like the little stems attached to the florets and thought what a waste it would be to toss the bigger stems/stalks.

After just a minute or two of researching uses for these, I found they make a delicious broccoli/potato soup. Anyone have any other good ways to make use of these separate from the florets? I just harvested 12-15 prime heads of each with another hundred+ to go later.

I did prep the bigger stalks a bit differently, before giving them a blanch I shaved the outer skins and diced em up into 1/2" slices. Even at that, they seem very tender. With so many heads coming in, I need a few good uses

TIA, Jack
 
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I use them, and asparagus stalks, etc. For soup stock. The extended cooking makes them edible-er.
 

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I always eat the stems with the heads, peeling the bigger ones and cutting them smaller so they cook. But soups sound like a great use for them.

When I was a kid I only ate the stalks and my brother only ate the florets! Worked out well.
 

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Our dogs think those broccoli stalks are a big treat when I slice them and feed them to them like they are dog biscuits.

I chop, blanch and bag/freeze them too for soup, works good when you want to whip up a quick pot.
 

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Looks like I have a lot of broccoli base for soup to go along with my asparagus trimmings :)

I will be experimenting though...try some stalk hearts with scrambled eggs, stir fry and maybe some slaw. Any other ideas out there, I'll take em. This harvest should last at least a few more weeks as the smaller heads plump up

Thanks for the replies so far...

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My dogs love them too!

If you want to stick to people food, try peeling then grating the stalks. With a little grated carrot and cabbage, or just on their own, they make a great slaw.I make up a sweet mayonnaise and vinegar dressing for it. Yummy.
 

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With broccoli I peal the stalks cut them into matchsticks and stirfry them, they are not tough at all, cauliflower was put on this earth to give me something to hate.. so I have no recipes for that!
 
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I dice and blanch all stems and throw them in the freezer to use in our omelette every day. I do half heartedly peel the big tough stem peels. From a 5 pound head we usually only lose 3-4 ounces to the compost pail!!!
 
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