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seamunky Nov 16, 2011 10:48 AM

Hi

I onceI made a soup with beef, corn, carrots, onion, & celery. It needed something more chunky so I decided to add large florets of cauliflower. As I was trimming the cauliflower, I noticed those thick stems surrounding the head reminded me of ribs of celery. So I said, hey, why not?

I diced them up and added them to the soup at the end. They softened a bit but maintained a delicious crunch. They have a pretty neutral flavor but I love their texture and now eat them regularly.

Does anyone else eat the stems surrounding the head of cauliflower? Do you eat fruit or veggie parts that others might discard? How do you use them?

  1. SeaSide Tomato Nov 17, 2011 10:54 AM

    Whatever part of a vegetable I do not use I save in a zip lock bag in the freezer. These gallon bags fill up fast. When I have3 0 4 bags I make veggie stock or chicken stock, if I have a carcass.

    The boiled pulp (used to and will again) goes in the compost pile (sans bones).

    It all gets used.

    1. BananaBirkLarsen Nov 17, 2011 10:50 AM

      I've added corn husks to weakish chicken stock. Gave the stock a sweetness that was nice. I also always eat the cauliflower and broccoli stems. Broccoli stems are particularly nice when they are peeled.

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        katecm Nov 17, 2011 10:03 AM

        You can make a really great broccoli or cauliflower slaw by shredding the florets and then thinly slicing the rest. Kohlrabi is good in that, too.

        1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 16, 2011 11:22 AM

          Does anyone else eat the stems surrounding the head of cauliflower?
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          sure do. broccoli too.

          Do you eat fruit or veggie parts that others might discard? How do you use them?
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