High in nutrients and rich in antioxidants, Brussels sprouts are known as little powerhouses for a reason. Dig in with us and learn the best way to store Brussels sprouts and keep them teeming with life.
To deepen our understanding of their life cycle, we saved Brussels sprouts in our Test Kitchen. We're sharing these results with you to help support food preservation in your own kitchen. Victory will be yours!
How to store Brussels sprouts
Store Brussels sprouts in a cold and humid environment, unwashed and untrimmed. To extend the life cycle of Brussels sprouts, follow these three steps:
- Store Brussels sprouts in the fridge’s crisper drawer
- Provide a breathable environment to reduce moisture build up and avoid airtight wraps and containers, which encourage slime growth
- Protect Brussels sprouts from the fridge's drying effects and wrap with a damp dish towel, fabric produce bag, or breathable food wrap
Keep reading to see what happened in our Abeego Test Kitchen, get tips to select the best Brussels sprouts, and check out our favorite Brussels sprouts recipes that use up every delectable leaf and keep you brusselin'.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH ABEEGO VS WITHOUT
During our Abeego Kitchen Test, we saved Brussels sprouts in the following ways:
- Open bowl
- Mesh bag
- Abeego pouch
We weighed each batch of Brussels sprouts and then again after four days to measure moisture loss. We also considered color, smell, and texture.
Because Brussels sprouts are alive and need to breathe, we didn't test airtight methods, which we know results in rapid moisture build up, yellowing and slime.
Based on moisture retention and overall texture, Brussels sprouts stored in Abeego were the clear winner.
After four days, Brussels sprouts wrapped in Abeego retained 99.14% of its moisture, which was 8X more than the mesh bag method and 9X more than an uncovered bowl.
The outer leaves of the Brussels sprouts in the bowl and bag were both soft and wilted, whereas wrapped in Abeego, the leaves retained their crispness.
Why Abeego works
Brussels sprouts are alive and need to breathe. Abeego wrap creates a protective barrier to combat the drying effects of the fridge, while also allowing them to breathe—much in the same way as peels and rinds found in nature (visualize the pores on a lemon peel).
When creating Abeego as a better way to save food, our founder looked to the workings of nature. At home, the result is tastier and more nutritious produce for longer and less tossed food, to save you time and money while you feel good about ending food waste and reducing household plastics.
How to Wrap Brussels Sprouts in Abeego
In our test, we used a Large Abeego, which we folded into a pouch. A bag made from a Giant Abeego, Medium Abeego covering a bowl, or simply rolled up into a Large Abeego on the diagonal with a twist of the ends also work well. Get Brussels sprouts in Abeego whatever way is easiest for you. It’s all good.
For more wrap inspiration, check out our Abeego YouTube channel.
Where to buy Brussels sprouts
Try to source Brussels sprouts most recently harvested. In most cases, this means buying sprouts locally and in season from September to mid-February. If you’re lucky, you’ll find them for sale still on the stalk!
How to choose Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts are glorious in all manner of shapes and sizes. Sourced directly from farm to market results in a greater variety, from tiny sprout cherubs to enormous monster Brussels. Large supermarkets generally choose medium sprouts only; buying sizes outside of this helps to support farmers who can’t necessarily control the size of their sprouts, as explained in this wonderful Imperfect Foods article.
Choose uniform sizes if you plan to cook Brussels sprouts so they require the same time to cook. Small sprouts tend to be sweet whereas large sprouts offer robust flavor.
Whatever you choose, look for firm heads with tightly packed leaves. Yellow leaves and black spots are a sign that Brussels sprouts are further along in their life cycle.
Once the underdog of the vegetable world relegated as a holiday side dish, Brussels sprouts are rightly taking center stage. Nutritious and delicious, Brussels sprouts are incredibly versatile and satisfying as a main dish.
We recently enjoyed a family-style lunch with our work family and made this Shredded Brussels and Arugula Salad recipe from Cookie and Kate complete with crumbled blue cheese and toasted pecans. Brussels sprouts can be shredded in advance and saved in Abeego to retain their freshly shredded flavor.
Abeego Tip: You saved your Brussels sprouts, now eat them! We’re inspired by this Brussels sprouts sauerkraut and this Brussels sprouts Buddha Bowl for their creative ways to use up either sprouts at the end of their lifecycle or cooked leftovers. From Brussels sprout burgers, chips, sandwiches, to au gratin casseroles, share your ideas in the comments below!
Lessen the load and eat with friends
Get together with friends/family/coworkers for a shared potluck meal comprised of foods from home that need to be used up. Get creative and see what you can create in your homemade version of Chopped.
Toni Desrosiers is a spokesperson in the food waste movement, best known for her invention of Abeego, the reusable food wrap that breathes, in 2008 in her mission to Keep Food Alive for a Food Secure World. Our Test Kitchen was established to share and deepen food wisdom for greater food preservation worldwide.