How to get rid of the smell of broccoli? The most effective tricks to use while cooking them

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Here are some natural tricks to enjoy winter vegetables without having the unpleasant smell they emanate during cooking under your nose

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Here are some natural tricks to enjoy winter vegetables, such as broccoli, without having the unpleasant smell they emanate during cooking under your nose





Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, savoy cabbage - with the arrival of the cold season these super versatile and nutritious vegetables return to our tables, which can be used in many tasty recipes but which unfortunately have a defect: when cooked, they release a extremely pungent odor which spreads throughout the home and is often considered annoying. 

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However, there are some tricks that we can implement to eliminate (or at least cushion) the unpleasant smell emanating from cooking these vegetables. Here are some:

  • Laurel. Just add a few bay leaves to the cooking water of broccoli or cabbage: the properties of this aromatic plant will neutralize the unpleasant smell of cooked vegetables. Alternatively, you can also put a cinnamon stick directly into the pot.
  • Lemon. Add a few untreated lemon wedges to the cooking water, which will absorb most of the smell emanating from the vegetables. Furthermore, the lemon will help keep the bright colors of our broccoli while cooking.
  • Vinegar. Even a few drops of vinegar, added during cooking, can neutralize the smell of cabbage and broccoli. Vinegar is also effective in absorbing the fumes that come out of the pot and spread around the kitchen: just put a cup with vinegar next to the pot.
  • Bread. Let's try to put a large slice of bread with a lot of crumb between the lid and the pot with the vegetables: the crumb, better if soaked with a little vinegar or lemon juice, will absorb the steam and act as an anti-odor filter. We can also try to put some breadcrumbs inside the pot.

Now that we have solved the problem of the “stink” of broccoli, we just have to indulge ourselves in the kitchen with some seasonal recipes that make the most of these vegetables: here you will find some ideas.



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