Start canning potatoes for quick meals, soups or stews. Or simply boil for 10 minutes and add butter and salt. Sour cream and chives would dress it up nicely.
You will need to know how to use a pressure canner. This pressure canning page has more detailed information and step by step instructions on how to use a pressure canner.
Gather your canning supplies
Potatoes - about 20 pounds will do 7 quarts
Canning Salt - optional
Wash and peel your potatoes.
Cut into pieces between 1-2 inches. Or you can leave them
whole, if you are like us and got TONS of teeny tiny potatoes (my kids
call them tater tots) Your potato pieces should not
be bigger than the 1-2 inches.
You can cut them as small as 1/2 inch... I would think they might get over cooked this way. I am at high altitude and required pressure is high for me. If you live at low altitude it might not be as much of a problem.
As you cut your potatoes place in a pot of water to avoid discoloring.
Cook small 1/2 inch pieces 2 minutes in boiling water and drain. If you have larger pieces or whole potatoes, boil up to 10 minutes and drain. You want the potatoes to be hot through, but not over cooked. Remember no larger than 2 inches.
Add 1 teaspoon of salt per quart to the jar, if desired. This is optional though I do recommend it unless you have a health reason to leave the salt out. Salt helps preserve the texture and taste of the potatoes.
Fill jars with hot prepared potatoes, leaving no more than 1-inch head space.
Cover hot potatoes with FRESH boiling water, don't use the water you used to boil the potatoes. It will be starchy and cloudy. Leave 1-inch head space and cover all pieces of potato.
Wipe the rims clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids.
For more details on using a pressure canner follow pressure
pints - process for 35 minutes
quarts - process for 40 minutes
Be sure to use the processing pressure according to your altitude. For more information see this altitude adjustments page.
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You can use any potato for canning but look for a less starchy potato. Red skinned works best. (with that said... I would can russets if that is what I had!)
If you are growing a garden you really should try growing potatoes! They are so crispy and delicious when grown in your back yard.
There are few things in life that are tastier than fresh dug potatoes, mashed, fried or baked for you evening dinner. And in the dead of winter potatoes are one of the few garden crops that you can still eat fresh!
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Karen in Arizona asks.
I pressure canned white potatoes. I packed them raw and left the skins on. I have been told that leaving the skin will cause them to be toxic.
I am trying to find out if this is true before I eat the potatoes I have canned. Do you have any info regarding this?
They must be peeled. The reason is that the spores that can cause botulism are found in the soil. Since the potato grows directly in the soil there is a higher chance that botulism may be a risk.
Since we both live in the southwest USA we need to be aware of botulism risks. I was told my my local extension service that these spores are more evident in dirt in the western US.
I'm like you in that I'd much prefer to can with the skins on, and I know that I have seen many blogs where people are canning with the skin. However you will be taking a risk. Always use a pressure canner whether you peel the potatoes or not.
Personally I'll go ahead and skin the potato. Then we'll have fried potato skins for supper the night after I can potatoes.
As far as boiling the potatoes before canning. The times that are recommended for canning potatoes are assuming the potato is already hot when it is jarred. I'd be sure and boil them first. It is not really that much more work and worth the peace of mind.