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Offline xtron

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So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:06:09 PM »
red pontiacs to be spacific. 4 rows with 25 hills in each row...

i dug the reds saturday afternoon. boy was i happy  :Dto see how many and how big they were. i left them to dry and harden till today. i thought there would be about 200 pounds, and i was real close...215 pounds. ;D ;D ;D
now what to do with them all ???
here's my thoughts..sort thru them all :o and pull any that are real small, and those that are damaged...these will get washed and canned, skin on.
any that are sunburned that are big enough get set back for next years seed. they will be stored in an air tight bag (not vacuum sealed) with a handful of oxysorbers, in hopes of keeping them from sprouting too soon.  i need a minimum of 20 pounds to duplicate this years row count.
what ever's left will be divided up and 1/2 shared with my in-laws..there's 4 of them and they eat a lot of potatoes.
i'jm considering dehydrating 1/3 to 1/2 of my share for LTS bucket(s).

oh...i have 4 rows of russets to dig the end of next week(?), so there will be lots of potato dishes in my future.

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 05:56:47 PM »
lucky guy!  I'm impressed...ours are no where near ready to dig.

Sounds like you have a good plan to start with...here is what I would do with those.

1.  dehydrate slices and vacuum seal with the recipe for escalloped potatoes.

2. dehydrate slices and vacuum seal for casseroles

2. dehydrate shredded potatoes for hashbrowns

3.  dehydrate mashed potatoes made without the milk

3.  can the smaller "marbles" with the skins on

4.  can larger ones peeled and quartered for potatoes for stews, pot pies, and fried potatoes.

5.  can potatoes and celery together for a base for potato soup.

6.  cut some up when I'm ready for canning your end of the garden vegetables for vegetable soup.

7.  Using a hand cranked meat grinder, I run onions and meat (either venison or beef though the grinder.  Take the shredded meat and add diced potatoes and salt and pepper.  Then can in pint jars for hash.

8.  Cut some of the larger ones into french fries.  Deep fry until they just begin to turn golden.  Take out of fryer and lay on paper towels to drain off the grease.  Then lay them on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer.  Once frozen, put in a ziplock bag or other freezer container.  Now you have french fries ready to refry.  They only take minutes to refry them and they will not turn brown/black in the freezer. (some time, I am going to try sliced potatoes like this, and see how they "refry" in the skillet.  I also want to experiment on how they will Bake)

9.  This is something I would experiment with...haven't tried it yet.  I would shred some, add shredded onions and some beaten eggs, maybe a little flour and milk, salt and pepper.   then bake them in a square casserole dish until they are cooked.  Cut them into squares, then deep fry the squares for a minute or so...then freeze them the same way as frenchfries....  I've had great success with the french fries...

10.  Layer dehydrated cabbage, dehydrated onions, and dehydrated onion slices in a quart jar. Vacuum seal and have a can of corned beef on the shelf for corn beef and cabbage...this is really good!

11 .  Keep the rest for storage...
« Last Edit: July 30, 2012, 06:09:35 PM by Amisheggpicker »
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 11:52:52 AM »
I'd probably do a little "I made potatoes" dance first!  I've only got about thirteen plants, and they just started to flower this week. It's the first year I've had more than one, experimental plant.

Anyway, to answer your question, now that I've read this, I'll sort the damaged ones out for seed :) Then I'll wash and freeze the small ones for stews and roasts.  I like Egg's idea about mashed and dehydrated, as we tend to have mashed a lot.

I'd save the biggest ones (I hope I get some big ones!) for baked potatoes.

200 pounds!  Good job.

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012, 12:30:05 PM »
That's is about 250 pounds of rough cut fries(added weight for the oil and seasoning) to feed all of your friends and fellow Preppers during a meet and greet.
Ok enough of that. You have many suggestions above of what to do with that nice size crop. Just do not take too long or you are going I have 215 pound of bad apples.


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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012, 12:41:24 PM »
Open up a 'Mac Xtron'
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012, 02:29:54 PM »
I'd probably have to give them away to friends who can eat carbohydrates without turning into land whales.  Sadly.  Because I do love me some potatoes, baked, boiled, or fried.
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 03:18:44 PM »
That's is about 250 pounds of rough cut fries(added weight for the oil and seasoning) to feed all of your friends and fellow Preppers during a meet and greet.
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...which makes it an even better idea! ;D

I'd probably have to give them away to friends who can eat carbohydrates without turning into land whales.  Sadly.  Because I do love me some potatoes, baked, boiled, or fried.
I keep coming back to a word that rhymes with "rodka"... ::)
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 04:44:16 PM »
thanks for the ideas amish, and everybodyelse..
amish..if you soak your sliced taters in a solution of 1 cup lemon juice in 1 gallon of water for an hour or so, the potatoes will not turn black when you freeze OR DEHYDRATE them!!!
works for sliced, shredded, or french fries.  so you do not have to pre cook them before freezing.

the marbles and damaged will be canned...these are the LTS stores...some of the excess big ones will be dehydrated and stored vacuum packed, also LTS. 
the marbles i have time to deal with, as time permits...but the damaged ones need to be dealt with soon or they will rot from the inside out....sorry boomushroom, they probably will not last the winter to become seed..(.the damage i'm refering to is cuts/holes from the digging fork)

french fries will come from the russets still in the ground.

i see lots and lots of potato soup in my future  :)

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012, 04:57:12 PM »
 x tron....I knew about soaking them in lemon juice before dehydrating, but I didn't know about doing it before freezing them...that's a great tip...
Did you have any luck with onions this year....our's are horrible...looks like I'll be buying my supply of onions this year!
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012, 05:00:18 PM »
Drang, do you know the instructions on how to make your "rodka".  While I do not drink, I do use "rodka" in making herbal tinctures....and would consider making it from scratch...
« Last Edit: July 31, 2012, 06:32:56 PM by Amisheggpicker »
Proverbs 21:20  In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2012, 06:35:14 PM »
about dehydrating mashed potatoes....while they are good....it's not like the REAL thing...I make them for emergency situations...quick and easy and uses little water...
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2012, 07:21:19 PM »
I keep coming back to a word that rhymes with "rodka"...
Hmmm....great idea!
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2012, 09:18:44 PM »
Drang, do you know the instructions on how to make your "rodka".  While I do not drink, I do use "rodka" in making herbal tinctures....and would consider making it from scratch...
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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2012, 01:18:45 PM »
lolo. :D..thanx drang...but no one in the bunch i am prepping for drinks..but others may find the info useful.

up date on the russetts....150 pounds ;D

apperantly, there is a spore or something simular that is causing the reds to prematurly rot..so i am working like a mad man to freeze and dehydrate what i have not given away so i don't lose them....i've dehydrated 15 pounds, and canned 18 quarts...
think next year there will be half as many reds and more russets

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2012, 02:41:38 PM »
positively AWESOME!
Proverbs 21:20  In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil,

but a foolish man devours all he has.

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Re: So what woutd YOU do with 215 pounds of potatoes???
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2012, 08:15:56 AM »
We can about 30 to 50 pounds of potatoes each year. But we peel and slice ours into chunks.
  Also I can keep potatoes in a bucket close to the AC vent for about 3 months.
For seed potatoes I keep all the ones the size of a golf ball, that way I dont have to cut them, just one whole potatoe to each hill.
  I for one think potaoes grown in your garden are by far better tasting and just better for you.
We had just two rows of 3 kinds this year, maybe 60 or hills and ate potaoes fresh till the end of Nov.
  If I would get going on my storm shelter I could store potaoes year round!


 

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