There a few ways to store potatoes. Many will store in a root cellar for year long use. But, what if you don’t have a root cellar to use? Why not try learning how to can potatoes?
We don’t even have a decent basement and with only rocket stove heat, the extreme temperature changes during the fall and winter make it really hard to keep the potatoes around long. So, I can them.
They make a quick meal as all you will have to do is dump them out, heat and you’re good to go. They also make fairly decent mashed potatoes with enough butter, milk, and sour cream.
Get ready to can your potatoes:
- wash the potatoes and peel completely. The peels make a great addition to stock.
- Cut into 1 inch pieces. You will want to try and get the as close to the same size as possible. This is for safety in canning, as food that is different sizes may take different processing times.
- As you cut them, place in a bit pot of water, with 1 tsp ascorbic acid per gallon of water. Translated: ½ cup of bottled lemon juice will do the trick, too. This helps keep them from turning brown before you get them into the jars.
To raw pack the potatoes for canning:
- place the raw potatoes in a hot, clean jar.
- Add boiling water on top, leaving 1 inch of headspace.
- Wipe the rim with a clean towel
- Add the hot lid and band, screwed on finger tight.
- Process in a pressure canner at 10lbs pressure pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes.
To see how to dehydrate your potatoes for another great pantry storage item, read the post on instant potato flakes here.
How do you store your potatoes for the winter?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.