Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Canning Potatoes

We got a deal on a 50 pound box of Organic Russet Potatoes and we had been wanting to try canning potatoes, so this seemed like the perfect time.  We couldn't believe how beautiful these potatoes were.  They were huge!

First they got a good scrubbing in the sink.

Then Tim volunteered to do all the peeling. Bless him!

I cut them up into small pieces and we soaked them to get some of the starch out. We changed the water several times before transferring them to pans of water on our wonderful vintage stove we use for canning. ($100 on Craigslist and it works - I kid you not!!!)  

Then as the pressure canner was heating up with jars in it, we began heating the potatoes just enough to get them hot but not cook them. We were told they would end up mushy if we let them cook.

On the left is a large pan of clean hot water to pour over the potatoes after we put them in the canning jars.

We ended up with 28 quarts of potatoes to enjoy all winter, and we still have about 20 pounds left in the "pantry" on our awesome Orchard Rack (my Christmas present last year).  The water ended up "starchy" when the jars cooled, but we were assured that it will not affect the taste or the safety of the contents.  If we had been more patient and soaked them longer, we could have gotten more of the starch out.  Something to remember for next time!

This isn't mine, but it's just like it.
(Just so you know) :)

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