The cauliflower, also known as the new “it” vegetable became a trend in 2019 and has continually gained popularity ever since. Cauliflower is a more nutritious alternative to things like white rice and gluten-filled grains. It is able to be eaten within a broad spectrum of diets and in many different ways – raw, cooked, pickled, steamed, breaded, spiced – making it one of the most versatile vegetables.
Cauliflower has been around for centuries and has been a staple vegetable around the world since it’s first harvest. Throughout the years it has been given the stereotype of being the less colorful and tasty and a more boring version of broccoli. Recently, however, cauliflower has been used in inventive ways, like making mashed potatoes, pizza crust, and "tater" tots! We have gathered together some great tips and tricks to help you jump on the cauliflower bandwagon!
How to Choose Cauliflower
During your next trip to Giant Eagle, look for cauliflower that has a creamy white color with densely packed florets and a flowering stem. You also want to make sure the vegetable is free of blemishes, browning, or wet spots. The cauliflower head should feel heavy in your hand for its size. The leaves should be fresh and vibrant, which is a sign that the vegetable was recently harvested. In terms of scent, if the cauliflower has a strong smell, it is past its prime and will probably have an unpleasant taste.
How to Store Cauliflower
Store cauliflower in a cold and moist place, 32°-40°F and 95% relative humidity. Refrigerators provide the cold, but they also dry the air. To prevent this, wrap unwashed cauliflower in a damp cloth or paper towel and put it in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper drawer; this will maintain humidity. Cauliflower will keep in the refrigerator for two to four weeks.
Cauliflower can also be frozen. Break the head into 1-inch chunks and soak them for 30 minutes in a gallon of water with a tablespoon of salt added (to kill any insects), blanch for 3 minutes, rinse, drain and then freeze.
Cauliflower stores an immense amount of nutritional value. It's is packed with vitamin C, dietary fibers, calcium, potassium, and water. It is also gluten free, has minimal calories, and low carbs.
How to Cook Cauliflower
There are so many recipes that use cauliflower in exciting and inspiring ways. Add a nutritional kick to any meal with the help of these delicious and easy recipes for cauliflower!