This year we were lucky enough to get our potatoes planted by St. Patrick's Day. Therefore they were able to take advantage of those cool early spring temperatures and early spring rains. We were rewarded with a bumper crop of potatoes this year. It doesn't always work out that way !
Without a root cellar I have to come up with creative ways to preserve at least part of this potato harvest. So I start with canning some small new potatoes. These I prepare smothered in butter, garlic and parsley.
Then when the green beans come in I throw some of the small potatoes in with my green beans.
During the digging there are always potatoes that get nicked by the potato fork. If they are not canned quick they will rot so I chunk these into small pieces for soups and stews, Potato salads and casseroles.The peelings go to the hogs and nothing is wasted : )
Then some we have started grating and dehydrating as Hash browns for not only breakfasts but also casseroles. This is a good way to reduce a large amount of potatoes down to a very small space to store. I put mine in jars with oxygen absorbers.
Here is a link to how I do mine: hash browns
As long as it is dry we will leave some in the ground as long as possible. I will continue to preserve as many as possible. This fall we will dig them and move them to the shed to be stored in straw to eat on into the winter months.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter