Always wanted to try making fresh Brussels Sprouts at home, but weren’t sure how to get started? First, select Brussels Sprouts that are nice and green, and have tight, firm heads. Avoid Brussels Sprouts with heavy black discoloration on the ribs at the base or ones that have evidence of bug damage. Size, large or small, does not affect flavor, but it will impact the cooking time. Store Brussels Sprouts in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator in a plastic bag or container. You’ll spend about 5-7 minutes properly prepping 1 lb of fresh Brussels Sprouts for use in recipes. Here’s what to do:
- Trim the bottom ¼” off the bottom stem end of the head.
- Peel off the loose outer leaves with your fingers, usually 1-2 layers
- Slice larger Brussels Sprouts head into halves or quarters, slicing along the stem direction, while leaving the smallest ones whole. This will even out the cooking time.