Freezing Brussels Sprouts

How to Freeze Brussels Sprouts

January 29, 2019
Brussels Sprouts Ready to Harvest


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Brussels sprouts are not the easiest vegetable to grow. I actually gave up on them years ago as they were consistently very small. Then I learned a couple of growing tricks—plus, how to freeze brussels sprouts.

The first trick is that you need to take off the lower leaves as the sprouts form so that they have room to grow. The second trick is to cut back the top around Labor Day.

After successfully doing these two things this year, our Brussels sprouts are spectacular.


Having planted quite a few plants, it was time to put some Brussels sprouts in the freezer. I cut off the stalks and pulled off all the remaining leaves.

Over a bowl, I cut the sprouts away from the stalk.


Then I went through the pile looking at each one individually and taking away any spoiled or eaten parts. I also cut the bottoms flush with the sprout.


Washing them well, they were ready to be steamed. I divided them into three parts so that they would all steam uniformly.

These were actually medium-sized sprouts so they were steamed for four minutes.

Then they were placed in ice water for another four minutes to cool down and stop the cooking process.

After spinning the excess water off, they were placed on a clean towel to dry a bit more.

Placing them on a cookie sheet so that they would freeze individually, into the freezer they went.

The next morning, they were placed in pint bags, dated, and put back into the freezer.

These will be delicious to get out and bake or steam when the snow flies.


I freeze much of my harvest! Whether you’re a gardener or just don’t want to throw away food, see my tips for freezing spinach and greensfreezing corn, and pix.


About This Blog

Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens. Celeste has also enjoyed a longtime relationship with The Old Farmer’s Almanac as their astrologer and gardens by the Moon. Her new book, “Celeste’s Garden Delights,” is now available! Celeste Longacre does a lot of teaching out of her home and garden in the summer. Visit her web site at for details.

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I agree!

I agree that brussel sprouts are difficult. This was my first year growing them and I wont bother again. I had such high hopes, but most of what made was small - not like the grocery store variety. I got about as many as Celeste and had 12 plants.

Why steam?

Hey Celeste, thanks for the growing tips! I just place mine into the freezer straight after harvest, without steaming, and they never went bad. They still taste delicious when cooked. Please why do you have to steam most vegetables for a few minutes before freezing? Thank you.


Hi Nadia, Steaming destroys the enzymes that could otherwise decay the veggies, even when frozen. If you haven’t had a problem, that’s great!


I grew BS for the first time this year. I had posted here and on the FB page at least 3 times asking for info on how/when to trim the leaves and stalks, because the sprouts on my plants are not tight and compact - they are loose and open, like a leafy cabbage..... Thanks to this post, now I know... albeit too late to use the info.


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