Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? Besides being the basis for all sorts of roasted, mashed or baked dishes, it’s also a wonderful substitute for rice. But it’s near-impossible not to scatter cauliflower all over the kitchen when you chop it. Until now.
Follow along to learn how to cut cauliflower without making a huge mess.
Ina Garten’s Advice
In a letter from a fan of the Barefoot Contessa, this question came up: “How do you cut cauliflower without getting it all over the kitchen?” Ina’s first thought was, “Why does it get all over your kitchen?” (That’s what she wonders aloud in her Instagram video.)
That’s when Ina realized, some home cooks were slicing cauliflower straight through the top, sending bits and pieces of cauliflower all over the countertop.
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If you’ve been cutting cauliflower through the top and getting little bits all over your kitchen, I have a better way to do it!! And once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be ready to make the Cook Like a Pro sneak peek recipe I’m posting next week! #BCprotips #CookLikeaPro
The Mess-Free Method for Chopping Cauliflower
- Turn the cauliflower stem-side up.
- With a sharp chef’s knife, cut out the core.
- Pull the cauliflower apart into florets.
- Slice through the floret stems to create smaller florets, if needed.
The method Ina describes is ideal for making roasted vegetables, preparing cauliflower for soup or even when you’re making a veggie tray. It will save you all kinds of time on prep and clean-up!