What’s in the Garden? Cauliflower

As I stated in an earlier post, I didn’t plant much of a fall garden.  After walking in the garden today,  I wish I had planted more cauliflower.  Although I have tried planting cauliflower in the past couple of years, I had not been very successful.  I would wait for them to grow to a size similar to what I purchase in grocery stores.  This never happened.  The heads of cauliflower were small and if I waited for them to grow larger they became too mature and began to separate.  My harvests were small and of lower quality than I hoped for.   Looking at the picture of this year’s cauliflower, I am sure that you will agree that my cauliflower was a success this year and that is why I wish I had planted more.

cauliflower-plants-in-garden
Today I harvested my cauliflower.  I cut the leaves off of the heads of cauliflower.  I gave the leaves to my composting workers (my chickens).  If I didn’t have chickens I would have thrown them into a compost pile.  My goal is for the garden to feed my family and chickens and for the chickens to feed our garden in return.
cauliflower-heads
After bringing the cauliflower into the house, I cut them into pieces and put them into the sink that I had filled with water.  After I rinsed them, I put them on the counter and allowed them to drain.

I used to only eat cauliflower steamed or raw with a dip, but that has changed a lot in the last year an a half.  In an effort to eat healthier, I now have replaced potatoes and rice in many recipes with cauliflower.   You can check out the posts for my recipes for cauliflower fried rice and cauliflower mash.   In the future, I will share my recipes for cauliflower pizza and cauliflower chowder.  Since my recipes call for the cauliflower to be riced, I like to keep cauliflower in the freezer prepped and ready for fast and easy meals.

cauliflower-ready-for-the-freezer
Today I took my six heads of cauliflower and chopped them in the food processor until they resemble grains of rice.  Then I put one pound of cauliflower rice in each freezer bag, labeled the bags and placed in the freezer.

If your 2017 goal is to eat healthier and after a week of trying you find yourself craving pizza, my next post “What’s Cooking- Cauliflower Pizza” will give you a healthier option.

–Penny

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7 thoughts on “What’s in the Garden? Cauliflower

  1. You are welcome. I like having the cauliflower in the freezer ready for my meals. Today I tried a new recipe using the cauliflower “rice”. I made cauliflower and broccoli tortillas. I will have to share this in a post. How do you like to cook your cauliflower?

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  2. I love cauliflower but always shy away fro growing it. It seems like pests like it a lot too. This post inspires me to give it another shot.

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