My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

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Dehydrating Potatoes

As I wrote yesterday, I recently made a great buy... 10 pounds of baking potatoes for just .99 cents... so I bought 100 pounds! We've used only 1 bag (10 pounds) so I've decided to get out my dehydrator and make sure I don't have 90 pounds of rotting potatoes.

  1. Wash potatoes.
  2. Cut them into 1/4 inch slices. (I leave the peel on.)
  3. Blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to large bowl that has 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 quarts cold water. Soak for about 45 minutes to keep them from oxidizing while they dry.
  5. Place the potato slices on the dehydrator sheets, just barely touching (remember, they shrink!).
  6. Dry until all the moisture is gone; they will be brittle when dry.
  7. I store in baggies, and place the baggies in my many canning jars. I label with contents and date, and make sure the label (usually dark construction paper) covers the whole jar to keep out light.
  8. To use dried potatoes, reconstitute 1 cup of potatoes in 1 cup of water (potatoes = water) for 25 minutes, then cook as if they are any other raw potato. I usually just add to soup!

We love potatoes! My gluten-free Kid loves a baked potato with lots of sour cream, real butter and cheese. So I'm only dehydrating about 70 pounds of potatoes, leaving the rest for baking. Now where's my mandolin?!?!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many servings will one cup of potatoes make? I have been dehydrating potatoes but I haven't cooked any yet. I bought a 50 lbs bag for 12.99 in the spring and then our local university gave a friend of mine 100 lbs and he shared them with me. So we can lots of "beans and taters"!
GRITS

Vikki said...

Grits: I guess it depends on what you're making, and who you're serving! One of my readers, Trashdigger, says that he can't get away with less than a 10-pound bag of potatoes for his family, which I'm under the impression, isn't large. We can do 1-2 pounds for the three of us. Vikki