When there is a will, there is a way...
I was still able to feed my family all winter long on a very small budget. Listen, ladies, it is really easy to stock up on things even if you are a city dweller. Think of it this way, you could be spending about $1 per pound if you buy these items at the local grocery store which would be nearly $250.00!!!! When you buy in bulk you save a ton!!!
Canning Project #1: Canning Potatoes
Sound like a huge project. For one person it is. For our group, EASY!
Step 1: Peel the Potatoes
Everyone peeled for about one hour. All the peeling went into a five gallon bucket to use for compost or chicken scraps. If we had a pig, that would be perfect for pig feed! Nothing goes to waste.
We have a french fry cutter, so this makes our job even slicker! We learned that if you cut the potato in half first and lay the cut side down, the machine cuts like butter. After it is french fry cut, we just cut the long pieces into cubes. Make sure to keep your cubed potatoes in a bowl of water or they will get brown.
We found it fun to use my kitchen water hose.
Step 10: Cool and Store
Guess how many jars we canned that lovely day???? 85 quarts!!!
Each of the girls got to take home about 17 or 18 quarts of canned potatoes. They were so thankful and can't wait to come over next Thursday for another Keeper of the Homestead Meeting of productive fellowship!
Here are some ideas for using canned potatoes:
- Drain and dry them to fry for breakfast hash browns
- Dump into your soup recipe
- Drain and add to beef stew
- Boil, drain, and mash for a side of mashed potatoes
- Drain and add cream cheese, sour cream, onion, and shredded cheese-bake this cheesy potato dish!
Now it is your turn. Gather together into your own Keeper of the Homestead meeting and can up some potatoes. You will find out how much fun you will have and how useful canned potatoes are!
I have demonstration on potato canning on our Homesteading for Beginners DVD Vol. 3