Having dug the last of the potatoes it was time to prepare them for storage. Earlier in the season we had started digging potatoes and canning the new potatoes in jars. These are the small potatoes that are usually smaller than a golf ball. We like them as an addition to green beans during the winter. But O Wise Ones favorite is new potatoes smothered down in butter, garlic and parsley.
The larger potatoes are stored in the shed for now under dry straw to protect them from the light. They will be used for bakers as well as potato salads, casseroles, stews and mashed potatoes.
But then you always have those potatoes that are too large for new potatoes and really too small to bake. These are the ones that I like to dehydrate.
First I peel them. Yes by hand !
Then I slice them with my mandolin slicer to about 1/4 inch thick.
The peelings go to the pigs or the compost.
The potato slices are put in cool water with a little citric acid in it.
Then I put my blanching pot on to boil. Once the water comes to a full rolling boil I take my sliced potatoes out of the cool water and put them in the boiling water for 4 minutes.
After 4 minutes they go into a colander and immediately run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
Then I put my blanched potatoes in ice water with a cup of lemon juice added until they are all blanched.
Then the potato slices are placed on dehydrator shelves and dried until crisp at 125 degrees.
We use these dehydrated potatoes to make casseroles and I also make au gratin potatoes like the ones that you buy in the packs in the store only I use fresh local cheese from the Amish and my own dehydrated potatoes sometimes throwing in a little bacon is good too.
You can also rehydrate these and fry them too. I also make a casserole layering the potatoes with ground beef or venison and cheese.
1 dehydrator full makes 4 quart jars of sliced potatoes which is about 10 pounds. I have atleast one more batch of small ones to dehydrate for the pantry sometime this week. Then all the remaining potatoes will be large enough for baking and such. They will just remain in storage to be eaten fresh.
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