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ninathenana Sun 29-Nov-15 17:59:56

When I shop for broccoli I try to find 'trees' with thinner trunks, in fact I've been known to snap of the stalk before bagging the rest. Earlier I weighed the stalks from todays meal and the three weighed 18 oz !!
Why can't they be removed before sale ?
To answer my own question because it would increase the price per lb but I don't want to pay for something that goes straight on the compost heap angry

grannylyn65 Sun 29-Nov-15 18:05:52

You can thinly slice stalks and add to rest.
( Have also been guilty of snapping stalks, but it's a tough job! )

kittylester Sun 29-Nov-15 18:16:41

We eat the stalks - especially of tenderstem! I love the stalks.

ninathenana Sun 29-Nov-15 18:16:52

I've never tried the stalks, hmm I thought they would be stringy and chewy

Charleygirl Sun 29-Nov-15 18:24:44

I also eat the stalks

ninathenana Sun 29-Nov-15 18:26:35

Do you slice the horizontally or vertically or is it personal preference?

Ana Sun 29-Nov-15 18:26:49

I discard the big fat stalks, but I certainly do cook and eat the thinner ones!

grannylyn65 Sun 29-Nov-15 18:39:19


Indinana Sun 29-Nov-15 18:43:06

If I'm making soup I add the chopped up fatter stalks to it. Quite happy to cook and eat the thinner ones though.

Luckygirl Sun 29-Nov-15 18:52:01

I always eat the stalks! - amazed to hear that some people cut them off - never heard of that idea before.

hildajenniJ Sun 29-Nov-15 18:57:01

I peel the stalks and cut them into batons, and cook with the rest. They are the best bit!

Iam64 Sun 29-Nov-15 19:26:04

I use the thicker stalks in soup and cook the thinner ones. Waste not, want not grin

Ana Sun 29-Nov-15 19:29:08

Luckygirl, I know someone who throws away mushroom stalks because she says they're 'too fibrous'! grin

loopylou Sun 29-Nov-15 19:51:11

Have always eaten the stalks, I didn't know you were supposed to chuck them in the compost bin hmm

Greyduster Sun 29-Nov-15 20:14:27

I am not a big fan of broccoli, but I think the thick stem, peeled and eaten raw, is the best bit. Considering it makes up so much of the weight you are paying for, it's a bit silly to bin it. If it weren't a super food, I probably wouldn't eat it at all. I never throw away mushroom stalks, either. My big vegetable bug bear is celery. Why can you rarely buy celery with a full head of leaves? They are full of flavour and brilliant for chopping into soups and stews. All you get are the stalks and a few leaves if you're lucky.

Scooter58 Sun 29-Nov-15 20:24:43

Another stalk eater here,bugbear of mine is "trimmed leeks" the green bit is every bit as good as the white,why they cut it off is a mystery to me.

rosequartz Sun 29-Nov-15 20:53:14

DM used to persuade me to eat the stalks of cabbage and cauliflower by telling me that 'all the goodness and sunshine is in there' hmm

I do eat some of the stalk of broccoli but not the very thick large one. Although I like raw cabbage stalk.

ninathenana Mon 30-Nov-15 01:09:45

Well I've been educated by this thread smile I bin the stalks because that's what DM did.
Next time I will chop and add.

Anya Mon 30-Nov-15 07:29:14

I've been educated too nina - usually I save them for GS1's guinea pigs, who love them above all else.

Lona Mon 30-Nov-15 09:25:34

I'm another who thinks the stalks are the best bit! Lots of flavour, but I do peel the tougher outer skin with my potato peeler.

Greyduster Mon 30-Nov-15 09:42:05

anya I have visions of them marching round their cages with placards reading "hands off our broccoli stalks!"grin

annodomini Mon 30-Nov-15 10:11:18

When I'm preparing broccoli I eat the raw stems, though the thickest ones are something of a challenge!

henetha Mon 30-Nov-15 10:36:54

I love broccoli, but didn't realise you can eat the stalks... Stumps, I call them, and deeply resent paying for them!

Auntieflo Mon 30-Nov-15 10:50:54

More stalk eaters in this house. I also quite like the stalk/ribs of cauliflower leaves. When I was small and went to the greengrocers, he used to sell mushroom stalks separately, cheaper than mushrooms, but every bit as tasty

chrishoops Mon 30-Nov-15 11:10:05

I always use the stalks, thinly sliced and steamed, lovely, I try not to waste anything useful.