You know you’ve thought it before… I’ll just buy frozen cauliflower florets. The fresh stuff is a pain to prep.
Well, of course, it’s easier to just open a plastic bag and toss frozen florets in a bowl to heat but let me tell you, fresh cauliflower tastes so much better than frozen. It has more of an earthiness and if you are lucky enough to get a head of organic, local cauliflower, well you just consider yourself right up there with the lottery winners of the world, my friend. It’s good stuff.
BUT, the truth is, cauliflower can be a bit messy and the bits of the florets that go flying about off the cutting board while cutting up a whole head of the white stuff get annoying. That’s why I fancy breaking down a cauliflower like this… you’ll love it!
No Mess Cauliflower Prep
First, turn the cauliflower upside down in its plastic bag packaging and open the end of the bag. You want to keep the plastic in tact because this is going to act as your scraps bag to hold all the discarded parts.
Once the bag is open, take a large sharp knife and make cuts straight down into the cauliflower all around the stem/core. If you look closely below, you can see where I’ve done this and the green leaves around the stem are cut through.
Next, if you’ve cut all the way around properly, you can simply reach in and pull out the stem/core in one piece!
Then, you’re left with lovely florets that simply fall apart for you and the messy white bits that usually fly all over your counter top will be left in the bag. You can pull out the florets and leave the green stems, etc. in the bag.
Transfer your florets to a colander, rinse and you’re ready to store or use them!
How easy was that?