I have to review some healthy things too!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
Broccoli became a big part of my life when I married my husband. Sean eats broccoli with his lunch every single work day and has been doing so for like the last 14 or more years! When I first started dating Sean I remember him telling me about eating broccoli and chicken for lunch every day at work and I thought he was super weird. Now I’m the one that makes his broccoli and chicken for lunch. I usually buy the bag of fresh broccoli from Costco but when we went to Costco on Friday they didn’t have any so instead of stopping at another grocery store I convinced Sean to try this Costco Nature’s Touch Frozen Broccoli Florets!
This broccoli has no added seasoning or spices, it’s just straight up broccoli and tastes like broccoli. The broccoli like high quality broccoli and tastes nice and fresh however you can tell from the texture and taste that it’s been frozen. This broccoli is not like super firm, steamed fresh broccoli. When cooked the frozen broccoli stems stay firm but the head of the broccoli does get a little soggy and mushy and starts to fall apart a little. Overall it tastes fine but definitely is not a substitute if you love the crispness of fresh broccoli.
The large bag comes with four separate 500g bags of frozen broccoli inside. The cost is $9.99 Canadian not on sale. The price of fresh broccoli is always fluctuating, I usually find it ranges from about $1.49 per lb to $2.99 per lb. This frozen broccoli at times will be cheaper than fresh and at other times may be more expensive than fresh. You’re also paying for packaging and convenience with this frozen broccoli product. I think the price is reasonable for the amount of broccoli in the bag.
You don’t have to do anything to the bag of broccoli other than popping it in the microwave and heating it for five to six minutes. The bag definitely gets some water in the bottom when you cook it so I don’t recommend pouring the bag directly onto your plate. I tried different cooking times to see if I could prevent the mush/soggy factor and keep the broccoli crisp but I found no matter how long it was cooked, the broccoli still ends up slightly mushy. This broccoli is super convenient as a side or used in a stir fry or casserole!
I love that there’s no added seasonings or oils. This is just plain quick frozen broccoli that’s very healthy for you! Half a cup is 25 calories, zero grams of fat, one gram of sugar and two grams of protein. If you google it, you can find a million reasons why broccoli is great for you!
I’m definitely going to be using this broccoli to make a stir fry and maybe even have it with some pasta. If you're someone who regularly enjoys fresh, crisp broccoli you may find you don't enjoy the texture of this frozen broccoli as much.
Do you prefer fresh or frozen vegetables? Would you rather have broccoli or cauliflower?