- 1 head Small Cauliflower
- 1 big bowl Wateror as required
- 5-6 tsp Turmeric powderor as required
So much so that I love to cook with fresh ingredients, including my vegetables, cleaning them before cooking can be a task at times. That is because most of us are in a hurry to cook and proceed towards other commitments. But no matter how much time it takes, you must always clean your vegetables and fruits properly before using them.
Vegetables and fruits have worms and other insects hiding in the crevices, making them unable to see. They are often sprayed with lots of harmful chemicals and insecticides to protect them from such worms. Yes, the organic ones claim they are chemical free, if you can buy them its great, but may not be easily available for everyone. Also remember, before you get your vegetables and fruits to your kitchen, they have traveled a lot and not in a very hygienic manner, so they could be full of soil and microbes, bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli. which could lead to food-borne diseases.
The simplest method I have read in many articles is to immerse our veggies into a diluted vinegar for about 10 -20 minutes. Or soak the vegetables and fruits in salty water for some time. Rinse them later and then use them as desired.
There are a few vegetables which absolutely give me shivers. One of them is cauliflower. The reason being the worms that are hidden under its florets, making them almost impossible to see.
Cleaning or disinfecting a cauliflower is a must before you use it in any kind of recipe. Apart from the above two methods of cleaning vegetables, my mom always uses this method only for cleaning cauliflower (or even broccoli).
This method uses turmeric as it has antibacterial properties and can kill germs.
Separate the cauliflower from its stem. Wash off any dirt by rubbing it under running water.