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seasonal produce: cauliflower

From how to choose cauliflower at the market to how long to keep it after it’s cooked, these helpful how-to tips will ensure all your cauliflower recipes taste as good as they can. Once you nail down the basics, you’ll want to put your know-how to use in all the dishes we know cauliflower shines in. They range from quick and tasty stir-fry recipes and vegetable side salads to hearty soups and stews and all kinds of glorious casseroles.

Purchasing Cauliflower

  • Select firm heavy heads with tightly compacted ivory-colored florets. The leaves should look green and fresh.
  • Avoid any heads with brown-spotted florets and yellowish leaves.
  • Refrigerate unwashed heads of cauliflower in plastic bags for up to 1 week and washed florets for 3 to 5 days.
  • Cooked cauliflower does not keep well and should be refrigerated for only 1 day.

Preparing Cauliflower

  • Remove and discard the leaves and stem. Separate the head into florets and rinse under cold water.
  • If cooking the head whole, cut out and discard the core at the base with a paring knife before rinsing and cooking.
  • For best results, cook cauliflower just until tender. Overcooking robs this vegetable of its fresh taste and firm texture, turning it mushy with a strong flavor and odor.
  • Blanching or partially cooking cauliflower florets for salads or dippers makes them slightly tender and more flavorful. Cook the florets in boiling water for 2 to 3 min. then immediately plunge them into ice water until cool. Drain and pat dry.

Cauliflower Nutrition

  • Excellent source of vitamin C.
  • Fat free and low in sodium.

Serving Cauliflower

  • Sneak cauliflower into your kids’ meals by stirring some cooked, mashed florets into hot mashed potatoes before serving.
  • Top cooked florets with a sprinkle of Kraft 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese or Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese for great color and flavor.
  • Toss cauliflower florets into your favorite stir-fry recipes and serve over hot cooked rice.
  • Substitute cauliflower for broccoli florets in salad, pasta and other recipes.
  • Add color and crunch to buttered cooked cauliflower by topping with chopped toasted Planters Walnuts or Almonds.
  • Serve blanched florets with your favorite Kraft Dressing as a dip.
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