How to Make Your Own Instant FauxTatoes

Don’t just freeze your garden cauliflower! Try making your own instant fauxtatoes for pantry storage! 

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.

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To dehydrate your cauliflower and make your instant faux-tato flakes

  1. First, rough chop your cauliflower
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread the cauliflower mash on a dehydrator sheet. You want to spread it rather thin. 3 pounds (approximately 2 heads) fits nicely on one sheet.
  5. Place in dehydrator and turn it on to 125°.
  6. Allow to dehydrate for 6 hours and flip over. You want to make sure that the water is all gone from this.
  7. Once you have flipped it over, dehydrate for at least another 6 hours.
  8. When it’s all dry, it’ll be a soft golden color and may come off in one full, brittle sheet.
  9. 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!
  10. Store tightly covered in a jar, or vacuum sealed bag for your bug out bag.

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I use my excalibur dehydrator and these sheets for this. 

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To use your flakes to make low carb cauliflower mashed potatoes:


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or cream (you can also use almond or coconut milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter (or dairy free option)
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of dehydrated cauliflower fauxtato flaxes

Put it together:

  1. bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon milk of choice and 1 T. butter to a boil.
  2. Over the liquid, sprinkle the flakes, using 1/3- 1/2 cup of the powder, depending on how stiff you like them.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir.
  4. 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!!

For those carb lovers, check out how to make your own instant potato flakes from REAL potatoes here. 

Need some more ideas for storing your garden bounty? Check out some of these posts

Do you like low carb cauliflower mashed potatoes? Will you try dehydrating your cauliflower this year? Be sure to pin this for later, too.

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Instant FauxTatoes”

  1. Alfreda Jones

    Hi, if I understood correctly, using 2 heads of cauliflower only yielded 1 cup of dehydrated powder. Is this correct? If so, that is pretty expensive. I am paying between $2.50 to $3.00 for 1 head.

    1. Heather Harris

      Yes, it was only about 1 cup of powder, but it REHYDRATED back to the original amount that made 3 meals of mashed fauxtatoes for my family.

  2. Loves me some cauli-mashed! (and I’m not a big fan of cauli). But another cauli dehydrator item I *love* is popcorn. Dry jerky style seasonings with a wetting agent (olive oil spray?) and toss in the dehydrator. Could eat 2 heads worth in a munchie-session.

  3. By doing this, is it possible to achieve the same, or close to, consistency of normal mashed potatoes by controlling how much moisture you use to rehydrate the cauliflower?

    1. I believe it’s possible. This is exactly what I plan to do with it. In fact, I’ve extracted water from steamed cauliflower before where it resulted in a semi dried pulp. Once whipped and seasoned as desired, it had the exact same consistency as traditional mashed potatoes. It’s just a ton of work trying to extract enough water that way. I think that can also be achieved with this dehydrated technique. It’s worth a try! 🙂

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