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Why does my cauliflower rice taste awful?

Answered on April 22, 2014
Created April 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Hi everyone, I've been making cauliflower rice (following the recipe from "Against All Grain" and only on one occasion was it amazing and tasty.....the other occasions it tasted strange, bitter and just inedible. The other day as I was cooking the cauliflower there was a strange chemical type smell and sure enough the finished product tasted horrible.

This has nothing to do with the recipe but the cauliflower itself.....has anyone experienced this? How can I deal with this?

Thanks in advance xx

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on April 20, 2014
at 05:13 PM

I'm confused when you say "recipe"? We just cut it into little pieces and boil it then drain. Nothing more to it with ours and it's lovely. Especially with a home-made vindaloo curry! :P

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on April 17, 2014
at 03:01 PM

That's totally a yummy suggestion :)

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on April 17, 2014
at 02:53 PM

I like cauliflower's flavor, as long as it's not boiled into a sulfurous mess.

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on April 17, 2014
at 02:33 PM

There's this thing cauliflower has in common with beef liver...it tastes awful. If you're going to paddle your boat up the grain-free river there are lots of nasty tasting meals ahead. Bring plenty of butter and sriracha.

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on April 22, 2014
at 09:34 AM

Thanks everyone who replied, really helpful! x

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on April 17, 2014
at 02:54 PM

One thing I notice with many people cooking is that they fail to taste the ingredients. Break off a piece of cauliflower and taste it prior to cooking. You should get in the habit of tasting things, obviously some items are not practical for this. My wife is guilty of this all the time, so I do 99% of the cooking.

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on April 17, 2014
at 02:28 PM

Maybe you can deal with it by trying again with another cauliflower, perhaps from a different vendor...

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on April 17, 2014
at 01:23 PM

Remember: cauliflower rice is still cauliflower, never will be rice. It's only rice in terms of shape and color; the texture, flavor, nutrition are all different.

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on April 17, 2014
at 02:33 PM

There's this thing cauliflower has in common with beef liver...it tastes awful. If you're going to paddle your boat up the grain-free river there are lots of nasty tasting meals ahead. Bring plenty of butter and sriracha.

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on April 17, 2014
at 11:29 AM

Add lots of sour cream, cheese, and butter.

Just kidding (but not really). Cook the cauliflower in chicken stock like it was a risotto -- slowly adding just enough stock to cover the cauliflower.

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on April 17, 2014
at 03:01 PM

That's totally a yummy suggestion :)

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on April 17, 2014
at 10:11 AM

It may come down to the cauliflower itself. Around where we are, my husband got me to stop buying any vegetables from China due to the amount of chemicals they've been using to grow their produce. After switching we had little issues with such things. It might be a miss here to assume such, but switching to another grocer could be an experiment? :)

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