Freezing Cauliflower

Selecting High-Quality Cauliflower:

In general, cauliflower does not freeze well. Freezing it will preserve its flavor, but tends to severely break down its texture. Still, frozen cauliflower may be useful in some recipes-especially those using puree. Choose compact white heads that feel heavy for their size. Attached leaves and stalks should be crisp and not wilted. Avoid heads with brown patches.

Preparing for Freezing:

Wash and trim off leaves and cut head into 1 inch florets.

Blanching Time:

Water-blanch for 3 minutes in water containing 4 teaspoons salt (or vinegar) per gallon water to retain color. Cool promptly and drain.

Best Freezing Method (s):

  • Tray Packs: Clean and prepare cauliflower. Lay in a single layer on cookie sheets and place them in the freezer. When fully frozen (12 to 24 hours), portion them into suitable containers and freeze. Leave no headspace.

  • Dry Packs: Transfer blanched cauliflower directly into suitable containers for freezing. Leave no headspace.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing cauliflower includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

10 to 12 months at 0ºF.


Add directly to cooking dishes without thawing.

Tips & Shortcuts:

If necessary to remove insects, soak for 30 minutes in solution of salt and water (4 teaspoons salt per gallon water). Drain.

Refrigerating Cauliflower:

Do not wash until use. Store in perforated plastic bags for 10 to 14 days.
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January 12, 2012

This is a great video with step by step instructions for freezing cauliflower (and broccoli).

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September 11, 2019

Can I freeze a whole cauliflower?


September 11, 20190 found this helpful

If you mean just stick a whole head in the freezer, you can, but you will not be happy with the results. It will get mushy and unpleasant.


Best to cut it into small pieces, blanch it and then freeze. Then the quality is much better and you can use it for many purposes.

This site gives the easiest directions:

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September 11, 20190 found this helpful

It is more advisable to cut into pieces, blanch, dry and freeze

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September 14, 20190 found this helpful

The only way that will produce the best results is to cut and clean it first then blanch it and freeze it right afterward.

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

Yes you can! I have a post that tells you how to blanch veggies, for the freezer.It's fast and saves much money!

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September 15, 20190 found this helpful

Chop it and parboil it first.

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September 16, 20190 found this helpful

Freeze a whole head without chopping in pieces?
No - it will be mushy and have to be discarded.


Previous suggestions are good but this link shows exactly how to do this - with pictures so it is very easy to follow.

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September 17, 20190 found this helpful

Here is Ana's post about blanching vegetables.

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June 15, 2012

What is the best way to freeze cauliflower and if blancing how long?

By D. Campbell

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June 2, 2012

Can I freeze fresh broccoli and cauliflower? What do I do?

By Loulou

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January 29, 2012

How do I freeze cauliflower without blanching?

By Dodie L from Hallettsville, TX

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