Thursday, March 26, 2009

Feeling a Little Provident-ish...

Recently, I was totally inspired by this lady's post. I'm a frequent lurker to her site. So when I saw a sale for 8 lbs of Idaho potatoes for $1.98...well, I snapped up a few bags and spent the other day doing this:
First, I washed the potatoes. One of these could have fed a family of four for a week! They were GINORMOUS.
While I cut up the potatoes, I sterilized my jars in the oven at 200 degrees.
Then I cut them up into little pieces and put them in a large bowl with salt water. Potatoes don't like fresh air. They turn a nasty brown in fresh air. Yup, I left the peels on. I figure, more nutrition.
Then I put them in the hot jars, with some boiling water and 1/4 t. salt, put on the lids and pressure canned them for 35 minutes at 12 lbs. pressure (pints). You MUST pressure can potatoes.


The lovely result is over 50 pints of potatoes, I figured the cost was less than $10.00. What can you do with canned potatoes?

Well, I created a little "veggie hash" recipe for breakfast when we went off eggs for awhile. I put in chopped potatoes, mushrooms, peppers, a little onion and if I have it, some chicken sausage. (I'd put spinach in if it wouldn't cause an all-out rebellion) Yum. And you can use the already cooked potatoes for potato salad, a stew or chicken pot pie-a family fav around here. You could even mash them up with a little butter and milk!

P.S. If you're wondering about my weird title for this post, go here..

12 comments:

Momza said...

Would you believe me if I said that looks way fun?
I am ashamed to admit it, but I've never canned anything. Food I mean. lol
Thanks for the great information and inspiration.
While I won't be posting new things this week, I will be reading others' posts. Can I just say I'm always excited to read yours?! Always so interesting.
So how many days until a certain RM graces your door?

Aimee Kieffer, aka "Momzoo" said...

I am glad you tried it!

There was one thing I forgot to mention on my blog, after a few weeks the water in the jars will turn a little cloudy, there isn't anything wrong with the potatoes, it is just the starch leaking out of the cut potatoes.

Allyson said...

Hey, I didn't know you could do that? Good to know....how long do they store for?

Jessica said...

Go Mom!

mere said...

good job! I'm sure you will think of a million uses for them!

Patrice said...

Man, I need a pressure cooker!! Any suggestions on a good one?

Mari said...

mmm... I love potatoes!

LHammer said...

My question is, how do they taste? I really don't like the taste of store bought canned potatoes. Just wondering if these taste better. Way to go!

Sherral said...

Great idea!

Just A Gal... said...

I am so inspired!!!

Thanks for Sharing...

Just A Gal...

lusciouschaos said...

You do inspire. Now I need to buy a pressure cooker.
I have been moving forward slowly on my storage. Lots of indicators in the news about the need to be prepared.

Debbie said...

That is really neat. Where did you get your potatoes? Your so imspiring!