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How to Dehydrate Potatoes

I love finding easy ways to make our recipes just a tad bit closer to the real food product. So this past week when Kroger had the 10-pound bag of potatoes on sale for $1.97, I decided this was the perfect time to try dehydrating potatoes. I learned a few things and was successful in creating the perfect dried potato slices so I’ll be ready for some easy recipes this winter.

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How to Dehydrate Potatoes

What’s on the menu with these dehydrated potatoes? Definitely some Instant Pot green beans with potatoes, vegetable soup, and potato stroganoff. We’ll see what else I come with as we move through the winter season.

Materials Needed

‘Directions

  • Fill a large bowl with cold water and several teaspoons of Fruit Fresh.
  • Start boiling a large pot of water to blanch the sliced potatoes.
  • Wash and peel about 8-9 potatoes per batch.
  • As soon as you peel each potato, drop them in the cold water. Because raw potatoes quickly start turning brown when exposed to air, it is important to keep them submerged in water while you are preparing the remaining potatoes.
  • Slice the potatoes and immediately drop in the boiling water for 4-6 minutes.
  • Spread the potatoes out on the dehydrator and let them process for approximately 8-10 hours at 125°.
  • Store in empty canning jars or plastic baggies.

If you have some potato slices that turn black around the edge, then they are supposedly good to eat still but we opted not to store those because they just look less than appetizing.

Potatoes brown quickly when exposed to fresh air because they are jam-packed with starch. When these starches are exposed to oxygen, they undergo a process called oxidation, which leaves your potato with a grayish or brownish tint. They’re 100% edible, but instantly less appetizing.

Taste of Home

Now I am ready for winter recipes and can feed my family with food that I preserved. Next year, maybe I’ll grow enough potatoes in my own garden to be able to skip the store-bought spuds but for now, I’ll take this!

Have you ever dehydrated potatoes? Got any tips or favorite recipes that I should try? I’d love to hear!

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