I recently wondered which of my kitchen gadgets would be the easiest way to make cauliflower rice. And the answer might surprise you.
I find the easiest way to make cauliflower rice is to shred the cauliflower with my Presto Salad Shooter Professional. It’s fast, minimal clean up, and easier on my achy hands.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice With the Professional Salad Shooter?
- Wash and core the cauliflower, and cut into large chunks.
- Attach the Medium (gray) Shredding Cone to the Pro Salad Shooter.
- Place the cauliflower chunks into the Clear Food Chamber
- Turn on the Pro Salad Shooter using the On/Off switch on the handle.
- Press the cauliflower through the Food Chamber with the Food Guide.
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Best Way to Make Cauliflower Rice
There are other ways to make cauliflower rice, but at my age I find my Pro Salad Shooter is easier to use, smaller and lighter than a food processor, and doesn’t require adding water like the Vitamix method. And the sharp blades are safely contained inside the Food Chute, unlike a box grater.
The large food chamber of the Salad Shooter Pro lets me put in larger chunks of cauliflower. And that means less time cutting with a knife. Less time using a knife means a lot to me because at times I have considerable hand pain when gripping a knife.
As an added bonus I can shoot the “rice” right into a freezer bag. I just open the empty bag and point the Pro Salad Shooter into the bag. This way I don’t lose any flying vegetable pieces.
I also don’t have to stop to empty containers. If I fill up one bag, I just zip it closed and add a another bag.
I add a paper towel to the bag to absorb moisture. Then I remove the paper towel if I’m going to freeze it so the cauliflower bits don’t stick to it.
Can You Freeze Cauliflower Rice?
If you’ve riced more cauliflower than you can eat in 1-2 days, you might wonder if you can freeze cauliflower rice.
I’ve put the riced cauliflower into the freezer (make sure it’s dry) with no problems.
The first time I froze it in a covered bowl and it came out as a block of cauliflower rice. But all it took was a few stabs with a butter knife to break it apart back into crumbles.
Now I shoot it into a freezer bag as I mentioned earlier and press the air out. Once it starts to freeze I shuffle the bag a little to break it up. This can help prevent chunks from forming.
Even if it makes chunks though, it breaks apart pretty easily. I find it stays fairly separated, close to what you find with the bags of frozen cauliflower at the grocery store.
But now I know how to make cauliflower rice at home from scratch, thanks to my Salad Shooter Pro.
How to Make Cauliflower Rice From Frozen Cauliflower?
Once I realized how good a job the Pro Salad Shooter does ricing raw cauliflower, I tried shredding cauliflower rice from slightly thawed, frozen cauliflower florets purchased in the grocery store freezer section.
I let the frozen cauliflower thaw on a paper towel for about 20 minutes before shredding it to avoid damaging the Salad Shooter Pro blades.
Then I filled the Food Chamber with the partially thawed frozen cauliflower pieces. I turned it on and pushed it through the Food Chamber with the Food Guide. Out came beautifully shredded cauliflower rice ready to cook.
Video: Easiest Cauliflower Rice
Easiest Way to Eat Vegetables – Riced Veggies
Not only is the Salad Shooter Pro the easiest way to make cauliflower rice, but it also makes broccoli rice and other vegetable rices as well.
I’ve noticed for my husband and myself as we get older we have started to avoid foods that are more difficult to chew or seem harder on our teeth and digestion.
But by “ricing” our vegetables, we have found a way to make easy-to-eat vegetables. Now we can continue eating our vegetables, even into older age.
Broccoli stalks, otherwise too hard for us to eat anymore, make a wonderful vegetable rice. Just peel the tougher outer skin and send the peeled stalks through the Pro Salad Shooter for a green broccoli rice or as an colorful addition to a cole slaw.
Or, shred cauliflower and broccoli florets together for an amazing cauliflower broccoli rice dish.
You could make a riced vegetable medley using your favorite riced vegetables. The firmer vegetables are the best to rice.
One fun thing I like to do is use cake rings to make rice molds to stack several layers of riced veggies on a plate. The kids like it, too.
Video: How to Rice Broccoli
Other Uses for Cauliflower Rice
Of course, you are not limited to using vegetable rice as a rice substitute.
I’ve also added shredded cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots to soups. Or Salad Shoot riced veggies onto salads, into casseroles, or mix in pasta dishes.
It’s a great way to get in extra veggies without even knowing it!
Optional Presto Fine Shred Cone
The optional Presto Fine Shred Cone has smaller holes for a finer shred and produces a smaller shred for tinier “rice” pieces.
We have both cones and I find the Medium Shred Cone works great for all of our cauliflower, broccoli, and vegetable rices. I also find it a little easier to press the cauliflower through the Food Chamber with the gray Medium Shred Cone.
But if you want or need a smaller shred, the Fine Shred Cone might be one of the optional Professional Salad Shooter parts you’d want to consider picking up.
The Fine Shred Cone is not as fine as the fine side of my box grater. But it is a smaller shred than the gray Salad Shooter Professional Medium Cone.
If you have difficulty with your hands and just want to save time and effort, The Salad Shooter Pro might be the easiest way to make cauliflower rice for you, too.