Dehydrating Cauliflower

Cauliflower is great for dehydrating.

Dehydrating cauliflower when it's in season enables you to make delicious Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower Mash. Scroll down to the page bottom where you'll find clickable photos for both recipes!





Tastes Just Like Mashed Potatoes!

Add millet and quinoa to the cauliflower mash for a significant source of protein. Kids really like this cauliflower mash, as it compares favorably to 'mashed potatoes'.

Cauliflower florets add a great crunch to add texture to summer salads too!









Cauliflower Nutrition Info.

Cauliflower is a good source of vitamins A and C, and Choline, followed by Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Riboflavin, with trace amounts of vitamin E, and vitamin K.

In the mineral department, cauliflower is rich in Potassium, followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, and Magnesium.

There are trace amounts of Selenium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, and Fluoride. Cauliflower contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Cauliflower before and after dehydrating
Dehydrated Cauliflower - 2lbs from frozen

In the photo above, the dehydrated cauliflower looks rather brown, but don't worry about that as it turns back to white when it's re-hydrated! Honest :-)

Let Frozen Cauliflower Thaw First

Let the cauliflower thaw out (in its bag, unopened) in your kitchen sink in a bowl of tepid water if you're short on time, otherwise let the cauliflower bag thaw out for around an hour in your kitchen sink, unopened, then chop and put on the trays.

If thawing the frozen cauliflower by the water-in-the-bowl method, keep changing out the tepid water in the bowl until the cauliflower has thawed sufficiently for you to be able to cut (feel the pieces while they're still in the bag until they're soft enough).

This will probably take about 10 minutes. Keep on reading below for how to dehydrate cauliflower.

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NOTE:
You will have to slice the larger cauliflower pieces
in half so that the cauliflower will fit
better between the food dehydrator trays.

NOTE:
You will have to slice the
larger cauliflower pieces
in half so that the cauliflower
will fit better between the
food dehydrator trays.

Dehydrating Cauliflower is Easy!

Are you ready to get busy dehydrating cauliflower? Here's how:

If using frozen cauliflower, ignore steps 1 and 2.

  1. Wash and slice fresh cauliflower into 1/2" thick pieces
  2. Blanch the cauliflower in a small amount of boiling water for a few minutes, in batches
  3. Arrange on your food dehydrator trays, making sure the cauliflower pieces don't touch, for good air circulation
  4. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F(or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
  • Dehydrated cauliflower will be brittle when fully dried.
  • Drying time: between 6-14 hours.
  • Please remember to rotate your trays for even drying.

Bonnie Plants has some cool tips and advice on growing cauliflower, which is a cool season crop.

Try Our Recipes:
Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower Mash

Click the images to be taken to their recipes, or click these links: Cauliflower Soup and Cauliflower Mash.

Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower Mash

Best Areas to Grow Cauliflower

If you're looking to add some color to your garden, consider growing cauliflower. This striking vegetable comes in a variety of colors, including white, green, purple, and even orange.

white, purple, and orange cauliflowerUsed by Permission / Canva registered user

When it comes to growing cauliflower, you'll want to make sure you have the right conditions. This vegetable prefers cool weather and needs full sun. It also requires well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

When planting, start your seeds indoors about four weeks before the last spring frost. Once it's time to transplant the seedlings outdoors, make sure to space them 18 inches apart in rows that are 3 feet apart.

Water your cauliflower regularly, especially during dry periods. Be sure to add a layer of mulch around the plants to help retain moisture.

You'll know when your cauliflower is ready to harvest when the heads are fully formed and tight. To harvest, cut the entire plant at the base with a sharp knife.

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be enjoyed cooked or raw. Add it to salads, soups, and stews, or roast it in the oven for a delicious side dish.

How Do You Get Different Colored Cauliflower?

The color of the vegetable is determined by the presence of certain pigments in the plant.

For example, anthocyanins are responsible for the blue and purple coloration in cauliflower. These pigments are also found in other blue and purple fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries and eggplant.

Carotenoids are responsible for the orange coloration in cauliflower. These pigments are also found in other orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

The white color of cauliflower is due to the absence of these pigments.

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