by Texas Homesteader ~
I dehydrated excess potatoes for longer-term pantry storage. It’s easy, but there’s a trick to keeping them from turning black as they’re dehydrated.
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What To Do With Too Many Potatoes?
You can often find a huge bag of potatoes for cheap. It’s hard not to just buy the bigger bag instead of a smaller bag for almost the same money, right?? But will you be able to eat them all before they go bad?
In the past I have preserved potatoes by cooking, mashing and freezing them.
When I’m ready for mashed potatoes I just bring them out to thaw, drain the excess water, add salt/pepper/butter and BOOM! Homemade mashed potatoes.
Dehydrated Potatoes Take Less Storage Space
But I also like to dehydrate them. My dehydrated food is stored in repurposed glass jars in my pantry.
No additional energy is needed to store dehydrated veggies. And I love the benefits of having dehydrated food in my pantry.
I’ve dehydrated potatoes into Potato Cubes. They can be dropped still dehydrated right into our winter simmering soups to rehydrate as the soup cooks!
But this time I’ll shred the potatoes before dehydrating. I’ll use them for breakfast burritos or hash browns.
Why Do Dehydrated Potatoes Turn Black?
Cutting raw potatoes and drying them will cause the potatoes to turn black. Ewwwwww… not very appetizing.
So before dehydrating potatoes I need to first cook them.
I washed the potatoes and then pricked the skin in several places on each potato. Then I stacked them tightly in my black enameled covered pan.
Cooking Potatoes With FREE Solar Energy
You can cook whole potatoes in a conventional oven or microwave.
You want the potatoes to be cooked enough to not turn black but undercooked enough that they’re firm enough to grate, maybe about 3/4 of the way.
But I wanted to use FREE solar energy to cook my potatoes in my *solar oven.
I removed the potatoes from the solar oven when I saw steam collecting on the inside glass of the oven. On this intermittently-cloudy day it took about 3 hours.
Grate Cold Potatoes For Hash Browns
Before you dehydrate your potatoes you’ll need to shred them. It’s easier to grate potatoes when they’re cold.
So I spread the hot cooked whole potatoes on my counter to cool, then refrigerated them overnight.
The next morning I pulled the cold potatoes out of the fridge and began to grate them.
Do You Need To Peel Potatoes For Hash Browns?
You can peel your cooked potatoes or leave the skins on if you like.
I didn’t peel my cold cooked potatoes before grating. Not only did it save time by skipping that step, but I don’t mind a few small flecks of potato skin mixed in with my grated potatoes.
I found for the most part the skins naturally pulled away from the potato as I grated anyway.
Dehydrating Potatoes Epic Fail – What NOT To Do!
I’m going to share with you what DIDN’T work in dehydrating my potatoes!
Since there was so much volume of grated potatoes I decided to dry them in my oven on low heat. I used baking trays lined with parchment paper.
Sounds easy enough, right?
But the oven allowed the moisture to remain and the potatoes didn’t dry fast enough. So they all soured.
Epic fail! The whole mess had to go into the *tumbling composter. I had to start over from square one.
Maybe leaving the oven door ajar as it’s turned on low would allow moisture to escape? But it was still hot & humid outside. I just couldn’t stand to add that heat into our house.
Still, the lesson was learned. I needed to dry the potatoes more quickly and with better airflow.
Dehydrating Potatoes Quicker: Plan B
Dehydrator – I often dehydrate in my *Excalibur Dehydrator. When the weather’s hot I put the dehydrator on our covered porch and still keep the heat outside.
In The Sun – When there’s a heat wave going on here in Texas I take advantage of mother nature’s
torture, I mean free heat. I can cover cooked, shredded potatoes with lightweight cheesecloth & place the trays outside on the picnic table to dry.
That hot Texas sun removes moisture quickly! I stir the grated potatoes a couple of times and they dry beautifully.
How To Store Dehydrated Food
I leave the lid off the jar and stir the contents for a couple of days to make sure the potatoes are fully dry. Then I seal them tightly with a lid & store them in the pantry.
Look at how 15 lbs of cooked and dehydrated potatoes shrink down into a very small volume!
How To Rehydrate Dehydrated Potatoes
When I’m ready to use my dehydrated potatoes I’ll rehydrate them first in very hot water until they’ve plumped back up.
Depending on the temperature of the water and how thin your potato pieces are, this can take from 10 to 30 minutes or more.
How To Use Dehydrated Shredded Potatoes
I’ll use dehydrated shredded potatoes in a couple of easy ways:
Homemade Hash browns. Rehydrate shredded potatoes for a few minutes, then drain the water completely. Heat oil in a skillet, add a pile of rehydrated grated potatoes, press lightly to flatten & cook each side until crisp.
Egg, Sausage & Potato Breakfast Burritos. I’ll use the same rehydrating procedure as with the hash browns, only after rehydrating & draining the potatoes I’ll add them directly to the eggs as I’m scrambling them.
Potatoes are fun to grow in your garden. Or oftentimes you can find super-large bags of potatoes dirt cheap.
Do you wonder what you’ll do with them all before they go bad? Question answered! Try dehydrating potatoes for longer storage.
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