Wash your head of broccoli under lukewarm to cold water. Make sure that you wash the underside as well so that you are rinsing in between the florets as well.Give it a few good shakes over the sink to get out all of the water and then pat it dry with a towel.If the florets are to thick you can wash them after you cut them.
Cut the florets off by cutting at the base of each one where the stems meet the stalk. They will just fall off and leave you with just the bright green stalk.You can leave the stems long or cut them short depending on what you want for your dish. Some of the larger florets you will want to cut in half so that they cook evenly.
If you plan to also you the stem "stalk" cut off about a 1/4 inch at the very bottom. Then cut four sides down the side, making it so that you have a rectangular-shaped stalk. You can shred this for making coleslaw, cut into matchsticks for a stirfry or dice it up and throw it in your fried rice.There are many different ways to use up the nutrient-packed stalk!
Tip: Don't cut the stems too close to the florets so they don't all fall apart.