How to Freeze Cauliflower

Do you love the taste of cauliflowers so much you’re worried how you’re going to have it on the table in winter?

You can always freeze it.  When frozen, cauliflowers can last as long as 12 months.

To prepare cauliflowers for freezing, submerge the head in warm, salted water.  Let it sit there for a couple of minutes.  This would remove residual pesticide, dirt and spiders and other insects that love to hide in between florets.  Give it a final washing before draining it.

Take off all the remaining leaves and cut the head into florets that are approximately an inch across.

Once they are ready, fill a pot with enough water to cover all the florets.  Add a teaspoon of salt and bring it to a boil.  Put all the florets in the pot all at once and blanch them for about three minutes.

Remove the florets from the pot using a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl.  To stop the cooking process, immediately pour iced water over the florets.  Add a little white vinegar or lemon juice to the water before draining all the excess water using a strainer.  This would make sure the cauliflower will retain its color.

Make sure the florets are completely dry before packing them in plastic freezer bags.  Gently press on the bags while packing to remove excess air before sealing the bags.