How Long Can You Store Riced Cauliflower?

Riced Cauliflower
Riced Cauliflower

You have purchased your cauliflower and you’ve got your appliances and utensils out, so, you might as well go ahead and fix a large batch of riced cauliflower.  Once you’ve made that large batch of riced cauliflower, it leads to the question, how long can I store riced cauliflower? So, here are a few quick notes about storing riced cauliflower which may be helpful.

Storing Riced Cauliflower In The Refrigerator

  • Raw riced cauliflower may be stored up to a week (seven days). Once cooked, riced cauliflower can be stored an additional three or four days, if rapidly cooled and place in the refrigerator immediately. Obviously, Riced cauliflower should be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

Storing Riced Cauliflower In The Freezer

  • Riced cauliflower may be frozen and stored up to a year. If you choose to make large batch riced cauliflower and freeze it, I recommend that you freeze in meal size packages. Additionally, once you’ve packaged your cauliflower, you should freeze it laying flat. This will make it more stackable and save space in your freezer.

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How To Make Riced Cauliflower Rice

Seasoned Garlic Riced Cauliflower
Seasoned Garlic Riced Cauliflower

Riced cauliflower is simple to prepare and with a little creativity a versatile supplement to your meal making. Riced cauliflower may be substituted for rice and such things as soups or used to stretch foods, especially, almost homemade dishes. For example, if your family likes rice or mashed potatoes which you want to stretch or would like to reduce the calories of each serving adding riced cauliflower in moderation, of course, will do this very nicely.

How to make cauliflower rice

Two Prepare Your Cauliflower For The Food Processor

This is a quick and easy task, basically, stripping it down and cutting into the usable pieces for easy chopping by the food processor, which consists of:

  • washer cauliflower with warmish water
  • on a cutting board with a large sturdy knife, chop off the leaves and the hard center stalk
  • cut the cauliflower into 1-2 inch florets.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

To convert your florets to riced cauliflower you can use a food processor. I find food processors fast and easy and here are the essential steps:

  • Put the florets into a food processor.
  • For smaller food processors, you may need to do this into multiple small batches.
  • Don’t overfill your food processor. For best results feel your food processor to about the center of the slicing blade. Otherwise, you may end up with large pieces which need to be cleaned out and reprocessed.
  • Pulse your food processor several times until it arrives at the size and consistency you desire, usually, about the size of sushi rice grains. At least, that’s the size I use since I don’t really cook with long grain rice.

Cooking Note

alternatively, you can use a hand grater or high-speed blender to riced cauliflower as well, but usually, the results are not quite the same.

Shopping Note

I’ve not had any difficulty finding frozen riced cauliflower in the local grocery stores and it can be a timesaver if you prefer not to do a couple of bulk batches on a weekend or on a given day. Also, if you don’t have the time, tools, or desire to make riced cauliflower yourself the grocery store version can be a real timesaver and still provide a healthy food alternative. When working with frozen riced cauliflower from the grocery store I usually either let it fall in the refrigerator until ready to use it or give it a quick spin in the microwave according to the instructions on the package before including it in my other dishes which I may be preparing.

Uses of riced cauliflower

I find riced cauliflower to be exceptionally useful and I use it in any number of ways so here’s a quick list of some of the ways that I have used it:

  • adding rice cauliflower to my rice cooker on preparing a fresh batch of rice.
  • Adding riced cauliflower to instant mashed potatoes to make almost homemade mashed potatoes and achieving the same effect as I get to my rice.
  • Adding a small helping of rice cauliflower to a soup or stew. I usually do this in the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking as riced cauliflower doesn’t take long to cook. I especially like to do this in soups where a small quantity of rice or potatoes is added.
  • Adding riced cauliflower in the grated cheese later of many dishes will nicely incorporate them into your meal. For example, adding riced cauliflower to the different cheese layers of a lasagna may happen to be making.

These uses of riced cauliflower not only stretch the dish, but it also reduces the calories of each serving and improved nutrition.

If you want to use it straight is a seasoned side dish, that works very well too, and we frequently do so.

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How to store riced cauliflower?

Riced Cauliflower
Riced Cauliflower

Riced cauliflower once prepared, as a myriad of uses and can be stored for future use. Actually, storing rice cauliflower can be quite a timesaver. The store riced cauliflower, first, divided into portions which you are likely the use. Such as individual servings of ½ cup (100g) portions or multiples thereof according to family size.  For example, for a family of four, a storage portion size of 2 cups may be appropriate. Each individual serving contains contain about 25 calories before other ingredients are added.

Short-term storage

For short-term storage place your riced cauliflower in an airtight container, preferably see-through, and stored in the refrigerator for up to seven days.   This method of storage is recommended if you have a meal plan where you know you will be incorporating it into other meals throughout the week.

Long-term storage

if you made an abundance of riced cauliflower, which you may not be using right away, then freezing it is your best option for long-term storage. Once frozen, rice cauliflower may be stored for up to a year.

How to freeze rice cauliflower

for small batches say, 2 cups or less, simply place the riced cauliflower in a freezer bag lay, lay flat, and freeze. For larger quantities, which you do not wish to break into small portions for freezing, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the riced cauliflower evenly across the sheet place in the river freezer for rapid freezing. Once frozen, remove cookie sheet and, quickly, place the riced cauliflower in freezer bags of your desired portion size, and return to the freezer.  It is recommended that freezer bags be labeled with the contents and a date they were frozen is added. Adding the description and the date will aid in knowing what is exactly in the bag and facilitate the application of the FIFO method of pantry and freezer stock rotation.