Yeah, it was disappointing. I tried cooking and mashing them first and then put them on the dehydrater sheets/trays to dry. At first I tried the convection oven setting "drying". Boy, was that taking a long time, so I thought it would be faster in the dehydrater, so like you just replied, they did not look good and they stunk, then when I didn't cook them but peeled and rinsed them in water to get the dirt and any leftover skin off and scalloped them set them on the tray, some of them were in there too long and turned black and really hard. The manufacturer's of the instant mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes have got to have the secret and that's why they have the "corner" on the market, also the manufacturer's of the powdered eggs, I got really close to getting them dry enough just using the drying setting on the convection settings on a multi-purpose oven but it was taking over 10 hours, they did look good but I didn't get all the moisture out and I even seal-a-mealed them and my friend happened to smell the ziploc bags I didn't get a chance to get to and they stank, so had to toss those out and opened the ones I sealed with the machine, they stank, so out they went too. So yeah, very disheartening, especially since I was doing it for the food ministry I lead. So toss out the "ehow" recipies. But it is a good thing that these dried goods are coming down in price over the internet and Walmart just started carry a line of these dried goods in #10 tins. But me personally I wouldn't get them in any cans, freeze dried packages are the best for storing this type of dried goods but since that type is on the spendy side, I did find some in pouch packages that is at least better than aluminum cans and at least the same price as in the can and has a long enough shelf life (even though not as long as the freeze dried because freeze dried is what the armed forces used, I think back in the World Wars and some are still around today, don't know how they filtered out into the public but some of them did, I know because a friend of mine got given them because someone she knew was just going to toss them away.) Thank-you.