How to Freeze Cauliflower Properly
Cauliflower is a very nutritious vegetable with important benefits for our health. It can be served as the delicious main element of a dish or as an accompaniment to meat and other vegetables. Although it's best to eat it fresh, freezing is also an excellent alternative to prevent this vegetable from going bad or to preserve it longer. Do you know how to freeze cauliflower properly? At OneHowTo.com we'll explain the best way in detail.
The first step to freeze cauliflower properly is to wash the vegetable thoroughly to remove all possible insects that often remain among the leaves. To do this, get a bowl with cold water and a little salt or vinegar and soak the cauliflower well. Leave it for at least 5 minutes so it is perfectly soaked.
Then take it out and wash your cauliflower with fresh water. Remove all the parts you don't want to eat and then cut it up to whatever sizes you want. Remember in order to get the best flavor they shouldn't be too large.
Cut them up in small portions if you are going to use a bag to put them in the freezer.
Since the idea is to preserve their qualities as much as possible, the best way to freeze cauliflower is by pre-cooking it. Boil some water, add salt to taste, let the cauliflower boil for at least 3 minutes then drain it carefully, trying not to damage it.
Once you've drained the water you should chill the cauliflower. The quickest way to do this is by placing it under a tap with cold water. Remove the excess moisture before freezing. You can do this by using a clean cloth or a paper towel.
You can freeze cauliflower using special freezer bags or by placing the vegetable in a container with a tight lid. Then place in the freezer. It can be cooked without needing to be previously defrosted whenever you need to use it.
Remember that this process can change the texture of the vegetable, and it will always taste better when eaten fresh.
At oneHOWTO, you can also learn how to freeze other vegetables so they taste nearly as good as fresh with our article on how to freeze artichokes.
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