So, a couple weeks ago, I started a test run with a single head of cauliflower.
|in case you forgot what cauliflower looks like|
|chopped into manageable pieces|
|make-shift steamer basket of tin foil|
|makeshift lid of tin foil. look, I never said I had a fully stocked kitchen|
|poking with a skewer to determine done-ness|
|I originally tried using a hand masher. HAHA NO. technology to the rescue!|
|since my plan was to dehydrate this, I didn't add anything except some water to help liquefy the cauliflower. no butter, no flavorings.|
|one head of mashed cauliflower fit 2 Excalibur trays|
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|aerial shot of Death Valley? or dehydrated cauliflower? you decide!|
|it released from the Paraflexx sheets fairly easily and crumbled into large-ish flakes|
|one head of cauliflower, dehydrated. this is a quart-sized bag|
Here it is after a couple weeks of sitting in a bag:
|the dehydrating process added some browning, but it seems to have browned even further while in storage|
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|added approximately 2 cups boiling water|
|covered with plastic wrap and let sit a few minutes|
|seems rehydrated? and hot enough? tasting confirms it has retained the cauliflower taste|
|mixed in a chunk of butter, some seasonings.|
Flavor-wise, it tasted just like mashed cauliflower as usual. With butter and salt, it was a yummy addition to the plate.
Eye-appeal wise, I have to admit the browning was slightly off-putting. But I think after a few more times of making and eating it I'd get over it. It's just cosmetic, as I detected no off flavors. Or, there might be some way to prevent it. Perhaps I had my dehydrator temperature up too high, even at the low temp I set it at. I'll have to look into that possibility. I think the slight browning would matter less if this were to be mixed with something (like diced veggies/meats) and formed into cauliflower patties, cooked on the stove. That sounds good actually, now that I think about it, hah.
All in all, I think this was a fairly successful first attempt. Now I know it can definitely be done, at least! I might try some more fine-tuning of the technique before attempting large-scale production. I must zero in on my dream of instant mashed cauliflower!