I’ve been wanting to try dehydrating potato’s for a while. Although we have a basement but not really a “cold room” so dehydrating I felt was the best long term storage for us. Now that the garden is pretty much done, now is the time to tackle those potato’s time and price wise. I’d looked up directions on line and U tube & then remembered my blogging buddy over at “Bacon & Eggs” had recently dehydrated some.
So following her directions I pealed my taters. Yes, I know I could leave the skins on but the MR. can’t stand the skins in dishes…baked is ok but not in fried tater’s…(.he asks for so little I pealed them)
Sliced them up to an eyeballed 1/8th of an inch
In a pot of lightly salted boiling water and using a strainer I boiled my slices. The suggested time was 5-8 minutes (till opaque) I found 5 was right for me, more and they got to soft.
I put them in a bowl of ice water for 5-10 minutes (till cool)
Lay them out on a tea towel or paper towel (if you use them) & blot dry
Layer them on the dehydrator trays mindful that they do not touch
3-4 hours check if they are crispy…(at this point I switched the 2 top & bottom trays as the top was more dry than the bottom) about 2 hours later they were done. I let them cool for a few hours and then sealed them in a container.
This evening I plan to break out the food saver, I’ve yet to use it & this is the perfect time to break it in.
A few things I found worked best for me…
I had my water start boiling while I peeled the first dozen potato’s. I sliced and boiled 3 potato’s at a time. While those were boiling I sliced 3 more & set up my trays.
Right before I figured those boiling were done, I drained those in the Ice water & layered them out to drain…..so I was able to have them boiling, cooling, drying on the towel and load the screens ….then peal more potato’s within that 5-8 minute boil time.
If I pealed to many at one time they started to discolor & I found 3 potato’s fit perfect on a tray. I tried just dropping them in the pan to boil without the strainer but had a mess trying to fish the slices out.
Less than an hour I had 10 lbs. of potato’s dehydrating….very easy and quick which is good as I have 3 more bags to do!
And then I had a cup of coffee OK, 2 cups before I cleaned up…
note to self clean up right away cause dried potato starch on the counters & pans is just gross to clean up
Thank you again to my bloggy friend “Bacon & Eggs”