How to clean and prepare cauliflower before cooking

Cleaning cauliflower / gobi is a must before using it in any recipe

You will find here instructions about how to clean and prepare cauliflower before cooking. We all wash all the vegetables before cooking. Cauliflower needs extra care in cleaning as gobi or cauliflower may contain dirt or tiny insects that needs to be washed carefully

Choosing - Buying cauliflower

Take proper care before choosing a cauliflower. Choose a white and clean looking cauliflower which does not have any blemishes.

Why clean cauliflower?

Even when you are using a organically grown cauliflower, wash it anyway to clear away dirt as the cauliflower head has a lot of tiny places to collect impurities before it reached your kitchen.

It is quite possible that your cauliflower does not contain any dirt or insects but it may still contain some invisible chemicals / pesticides that were used to keep the insects away.

In such a case too it is better to clean / wash the cauliflower carefully.

How to cut, clean and prepare cauliflower for before cooking

What you need for cauliflower cleaning process

  • A cauliflower head
  • A large deep pan to hold cauliflower florets
  • water - enough to cover all cauliflower
  • salt - to add to hot water c
  • old water - to wash finally before using in cooking.
  • A sharp knife
  • colander or sieve

Cutting and cleaning cauliflower before cooking

  1. Remove leaves from the bottom of the cauliflower
  2. Cut the long stem with a sharp knife. Cut the stem close to the cauliflower.
  3. You may break the florets with hand or cut them with a knife.
  4. If you find that the florets are too large for what you want to make, break or cut them in smaller pieces convenient for the dish you are planning to make.
  5. Heat water in a pan. Water should be hot but not boiling.
  6. Add some salt and add all the cauliflower pieces in the hot water. Switch the stove off.
  7. Cover the pan and leave it for about 5 to 8 minutes. You may see the dirt and tiny insects floating in water if there are any.
  8. Remove cauliflower from hot water using a slotted spoon or you may pour the warm water and cauliflower on a large colander to separate water, and drain well.
  9. Hold the colander under running water or pour the cold water over the cauliflower to remove.
  10. Put the florets on a thick towel to dry them.


Wash the cauliflower pieces well in cold water even when there are no impurities. 

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