How to prepare cauliflower

How to prepare cauliflower
This is how to start with a whole califlower and finish with only the best of the vegetable.
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Last modified on: February 5th 2022

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For 1 cauliflower, you will need:
  • 1 cauliflower 1 cauliflower
  • Total weight: 1,200 grams

Change these quantities to make: 1 cauliflower 2 cauliflowers 3 cauliflowers
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33 min.33 min.
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Stage 1
How to prepare cauliflower
The cauliflower is made up of a white heart surrounded by stiff green leaves.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to prepare cauliflower
Place the cauliflower on its side. Cut off the stalk and discard it, then break off and discard the remaining leaves.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
How to prepare cauliflower
Repeat the operation, cutting more deeply into the stalk, and removing any more leaves that remain...

Stage 4 - 3 min.
How to prepare cauliflower
...until you are just left with the white heart of the cauliflower. Brush this under running water.

Note: You should not soak the cauliflower, as it has a tendancy to absorb water like a sponge.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
How to prepare cauliflower
Cut the cauliflower into pieces by cutting into the centre and separating the florets (like little bouquets or trees).

Stage 6
How to prepare cauliflower
Cut off and set aside the stalks of the florets, which will produce other smaller florets.

Stage 7
How to prepare cauliflower
Do this again...

Stage 8
How to prepare cauliflower
... until you end up with just the outer florets of the cauliflower which are small and very tender.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
How to prepare cauliflower
Collect up the small florets, which are now ready to be used in your recipe.

Stage 10
How to prepare cauliflower
You'll end up with quite a few trimmings, especially the center rib of the cauliflower, which would be a shame to throw away, see this post on that subject.
It's rather long to do, but with this method, you will just have the best of the cauliflower, which cooks rapidly.

Regarding the cooking, it's important for this to be quick so that the cauliflower stays firm and keeps its flavour, but also so that your house is not filled with the smell of overcooked cauliflower.

If you have, in spite of everything, ended up with a soaking wet cauliflower, you can dry it by putting the florets in a salad spinner.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
240 Kcal or 1,005 Kj24 gr36 gr0 gr
12 %9 %3 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
20 Kcal or 84 Kj2 gr3 gr0 gr
1 %1 %<1 %0 %
Per cauliflower
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
240 Kcal or 1,005 Kj24 gr36 gr0 gr
12 %9 %3 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 1 cauliflower : 1.68 €

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