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Do you want to freeze fresh cauliflower? It is easy! I'll show you how to freeze cauliflower so you can instantly use the foil in cooking (and save time).
Cauliflower is an incredibly versatile vegetable and a staple ingredient in healthy (and low-carb) recipes. In addition, it is a superfood loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B-6, antioxidants and fiber. I personally love how flavor and texture transform when cooked in different ways, from simply roasting cauliflower with spices or mixing it with cauliflower rice.
But if you have a cauliflower head, either fresh from your garden or sitting in your fridge, you can easily freeze it for future use. I will walk you through the process step by step.
How to Freeze Cauliflower
Want to see how I freeze the zucchini? Look the following video!
Here is the step-by-step process to freeze it:
- Prepare the cauliflower washing the head and removing dirt or debris.
- Cut cauliflower head in half, then in quarters. Remove the flowers from the core and separate them by hand or cut them into smaller pieces with your knife.
- Start the bleaching process by boiling a large pot of water and then adding the cauliflower. Whiten for only 1-2 minutes.
- Create an ice bath adding water and ice in a large bowl. Scoop the cauliflower from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer it to the ice bath. Let cool for about 2 minutes.
- Drain the cauliflower and dry the florets to remove any additional moisture.
- Pre-freeze the florets by spreading the cauliflower in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.
- Put frozen cauliflower in freezer bags And keep it for several months! I like to use these reusable silicone bags for storage.
Is it necessary to bleach?
It is not necessary, but it is recommended. Bleaching not only ensures that it has killed the lurking bacteria, but also preserves quality and flavor. This is particularly important if you plan to freeze for more than a month or two.
How to use frozen cauliflower
Frozen cauliflower makes recipes easy, since you don't need to cook for long. The bleaching process makes frozen cauliflower softer than raw cauliflower (once it is thawed), but remember that it is not well cooked yet. Just sauté, boil, or steam and you're done!
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Even better: mix it into a smoothie! Frozen cauliflower is for smoothies. It's a crafty vegetable that's practically undetectable and adds a little creaminess to your favorite smoothie.
More cauliflower recipes and ideas
And if you have a lot of zucchini, remember that you can also freeze it!
How to Freeze Cauliflower
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Learn how to freeze cauliflower with this simple step-by-step tutorial. Make us these flowers when you want to prepare some cauliflower recipes!
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1 large pot of boiling water
- 1 large bowl of ice water
Wash the cauliflower and cut it in half, then quarter. Remove the florets and cut them into smaller pieces (if necessary).
Begin the bleaching process. Boil a large pot of water and add the cauliflower. Bring to a simmer for about 1-2 minutes, then remove from the pot with a slotted spoon or slotted spoon.
Immediately transfer the cauliflower to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and allow it to cool for approximately 2 minutes.
Drain the cauliflower and gently pat the flowers dry to remove additional moisture.
Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours.
Transfer frozen cauliflower to freezer bags or containers and freeze for several months.
- Stand up Stasher bags (silicone storage bags) are my favorites for storing frozen cauliflower as it can fit more in them than regular sandwich bags.
Calories: 36 kcal, carbohydrates: 7 g, protein: 3 g, fat: 1 g, saturated fat: 1 g, sodium: 43 mg, potassium: 430 mg, fiber: 3 g, sugar: 3 g, vitamin C: 69 mg, calcium: 32 mg, iron: 1 mg