Are you watching your carbs or looking for a different way to store cauliflower from your garden?
Have I got the most awesome idea of all for you! Make your own instant fauxtatoes flakes! These are super duper easy to do, and will store in your pantry indefinitely! Great for a bug out bag as well, since they take up so little space.
First, rough chop your cauliflower
I did 3 pounds, or roughly two large heads, for this. Cook in just a bit of water until tender. You don’t want to use oil, butter or seasonings since you are making this for storage. Any oils may cause it to go rancid quickly. Once it is super fork tender, place in a mixing bowl and whip like you would mashed potatoes. Since they are a watery vegetable, you really shouldn’t need to add any additional water, but if you feel you do, add it in small amounts at a time. You want the cauliflower to be as smooth as possible, but not overly watery.
Spread the cauliflower mash on a dehydrator sheet.
I use my excalibur dehydrator and these sheets for them. You want to spread it rather thin. 3 pounds did fit on one sheet rather nicely, though. Place in dehydrator and turn it on to 125°. Allow to dehydrate for 6 hours and flip over. You want to make sure that the water is all gone from this. Once you have flipped it over, dehydrate for at least another 6 hours. I let mine go overnight at this point.
When it’s all dry, it’ll be a soft golden color and may come off in one full, brittle sheet.
Carefully break up into a blender and blend it down to a fine powder. The 3 lbs. of cauliflower will now take up about 1 cup of space in your pantry! Store tightly covered in a jar, or vacuum sealed bag for your bug out bag.
To use for fauxtatoes
bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon milk of choice and 1 T. butter to a boil. Sprinkle evenly over the liquid 1/3- 1/2 cup of the powder, depending on how stiff you like them. I used 1/2 cup for mine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir. Dot with a bit of butter if you wish. The cauliflower taste WILL be magnified a bit, and they aren’t as white as if they were fresh made, but they still taste great!!