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How To Can Broccoli

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Canning broccoli straight from your own garden is an easy way to have a nutritious and delicious snack, or a hearty side dish that can be served year-round.

With just a little bit of time and effort, you can create something that will save you money and provide the perfect side dish for many meals in the months ahead.

It takes only a few minutes of hands-on time, and the end result can be stored in your pantry for months on end, providing you with quality produce whenever you need it.



How I Found A Recipe For Canning Broccoli

I love looking through the old Ball Blue Books.

There are recipes in them that are not in the newer ones such as this recipe for canning broccoli.

The newer Ball Blue Books all suggest freezing broccoli, however I prefer to can as much as possible because I don’t have to worry about food spoilage in the event of an electrical outage.

I felt the broccoli canned nicely.

It did not discolor although the Ball Blue Book stated that discoloration was a possibility.

It also did not turn to mush and some of my jars were not used until the broccoli was close to a year old.

How To Can Broccoli

Below are tips for sterilizing and packing canning jars (affiliate link) plus my canned broccoli recipe.

Be sure the broccoli is washed well before you begin and that it is fresh broccoli from your own garden for best results.

Here are the rest of the broccoli canning instructions.


How To Can Broccoli

Broccoli cut up and ready to can.
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  • Author: Sheri Ann Richerson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Method: Stovetop



  1. Wash the broccoli well making sure all dirt that might be in the heads is removed. Soaking it in cold water (affiliate link) for a few minutes is the easiest way to do this.
  2. Cut the broccoli heads into two inch long pieces and put the remainder of the stem into the compost bucket. You could can the stem pieces as well, but I chose to feed the stems to my poultry and use just the tops of the broccoli with some short stems attached.
  3. Once all the broccoli is cut up, place it in boiling water (affiliate link) and boil it for 3 minutes.
  4. Then pack the hot broccoli into hot, sterilized canning jars (affiliate link).
  5. Cover the broccoli with the hot water (affiliate link) it was boiled in, filling each jar so there was just an inch head space at the top. Be sure to release any potential air bubbles using a knife or a canning bubble popper (affiliate link).
  6. Add one teaspoon canning salt (affiliate link) to each jar and put the sterilized bands and lids on.
  7. Process the broccoli in a pressure canner (affiliate link) at 10 pounds pressure.
  8. Pints require 30 minutes processing time and quarts require 35 minutes processing time.
  9. Be sure to let the jars sit and cool overnight then check the lids to make sure they are sealed.
  10. As long as the lids are properly sealed, go ahead and label the jars then store them in a cool, dark place.
  11. In the event the lids are not sealed it is best to refrigerate the broccoli and use it right away. It is possible to re-process the broccoli using new lids if you prefer.

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How To Use Canned Broccoli

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which means it belongs to the cabbage family.

It’s rich in vitamins A, C, and K as well as folic acid, fiber, potassium and calcium.

You can use canned broccoli as either a side dish or an ingredient in other dishes, the same way you would use fresh or frozen broccoli.

Canned broccoli is a great alternative to fresh, frozen, and fresh-frozen broccoli as it provides a lot of the same nutritional benefits as those varieties.

However, if you need some dinner inspiration, be sure to check out this Gluten-Free Stir-Fry Beef And Broccoli Recipe.

Broccoli cut up and ready to can.

Sterilizing And Packing Canning Jars

For those who are new to canning – or simply need a refresher on what to do, I wanted to share the video you may have seen playing that I made on how to sterilize and pack canning jars (affiliate link).

I used green beans for the tutorial, but the method works for any product you are canning.

Be sure to double check how much head space to leave above whatever you are canning as it does vary.

Packing the jars as tightly as possible is super important as is making sure the air bubbles trapped between the food in the jar and the liquid are released.

Cleanliness is important as you do not want bacteria or non-food stuff to end up in your jars as it could cause spoilage.

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Thursday 28th of October 2021

what's the yield? how much fits in a pint or quart jar?

Sheri Ann Richerson

Thursday 28th of October 2021

It is very difficult to say what the yield is as some people pack their canning jars very tightly and others pack theirs very loosely. The Ball Blue Book where I found the recipe also does not give yield or a recommendation of how much broccoli to use per jar. A jar easily would feed a family of four in my opinion.


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Does canning broccoli from your own garden have a better flavor and texture then if you buy a can from the store? I'm interested in this definitely! I love broccoli but when I've had it canned from the store I haven't been too impressed so I spend the extra and get it frozen. Do you have a frozen broccoli option? Thanks for the tips..

Sheri Ann Richerson

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Hello and thank you for your questions. It is actually kind of soft but not really mushy. At least ours wasn't. I have never had store bought canned broccoli, so I could not tell you how it compares. I know the Ball Book said it could discolor and ours definitely did not. It was nice and green a year later. I do not - at this time - have a recipe for frozen broccoli, but it is on my editorial calendar so be sure to watch for it.


Thursday 17th of August 2017

Great post! Have nice day ! :)

Sheri Ann Richerson

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Thank you! I hope you have a great day as well!

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