Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Harvesting and Preserving Potatoes!

It's rained off and on most all day today so we decided to start digging potatoes in between rain showers.

Since space is always at a premium in our house, we decided to dig the potatoes one crate full at a time preserving and processing as we go.  This is what we dug this morning and here's what I did with today's harvest ...

          
I separated the potatoes according to size.  The biggest ones I peeled and turned into French fries for the freezer.

This sink of 
 potatoes made 4 gallon 
size bags of frozen French
fries for the freezer.

The smaller ones, I peeled, chopped and canned using my handy dandy chopper to do the cutting.


I have 4 and 1/2 more quarts in the refrigerator ready to be processed tomorrow.  We plan to dig another crate tomorrow, so I'll add to the 4  and 1/2 quarts and make 7 quarts for a full canner.

I'm exhausted tonight but it's such a good 'exhaustion.'  It's the kind that comes from a job well done, the kind that brings a sense of humble pride and satisfaction.

I'm going to be preserving potatoes for several days as we have quite a few to do.  It looks like we've been blessed with a good potato harvest this year and we are so thankful.  We shared a portion of what we dug today with a neighbor in the community and will do so again tomorrow with another neighbor out of what we dig.  It's just the right thing to do when you are blessed with an abundant harvest.

(Update:  I've been asked if I blanch the french fry cut potatoes before freezing them.  Yes, I do.  I par-boil them for 5 minutes then put them in ice cold water to stop the cooking and cool down.  When they are cool, I lay them out on a towel to dry, place them on a flat surface, flash freeze them and then package them.)

Our high temp today was 68 degrees with a cool breeze blowing all day.  It also rained and rained and rained.  We have one more day of rain tomorrow and then it's supposed to let up.

That's it for today, I hope you've had a good day.

Until next time ...
patsi
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16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your harvest! That is a lot of potatoes and a lot of hard work. But won't they taste good this winter. I believe that you will be blessed for blessing others too.

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    1. Kathy, yes, it is hard work, but so satisfying to me.

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  2. How do you process your frozen french fries? Do you blanch them before freezing?

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    1. Yes, I do. I par-boil them for 5 minutes then put them in ice cold water to stop the cooking and cool down. When they are cool, I lay them out on a towel to dry, place them on a flat surface and flash freeze them, then package them.

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  3. That is a job well done! The rain has been crazy! I am concerned about trees coming down if a big wind comes up and there is a chance of mudslides in the mountains. It was a cold 55 degrees yesterday. Brrr....

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    1. Lana, we've had a lot of rain and are getting more today. I have the same concerns about trees coming down. I'm ready for some sunshine!

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  4. I just love red potatoes. You have been busy but this winter when you open your pantry you will reap the rewards of all that work. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Delores, thank you! I'm working toward having my pantry full and well-stocked for this winter!

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  5. What a great harvest, Patsi! I'm curious as to when you planted your potatoes to get a harvest now.

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    1. Jennilee, we planted them the first part of February.

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  6. What a bounty of potatoes, and a great job of preserving them all. I also believe to pass on the extras. Over the years we have down sized a lot. I do remember passing on our extra's and some of them would tease us that they would moan that here they come again.

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    1. tealady, LOL, we've done a lot of downsizing too over the years, it's just the season of life we're in. We don't need as much as we once did so it just makes sense to share with others.

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  7. Yum - potatoes! About the only "vegetable" I'll eat. About how many potatoes do you get per plant? I would like to grow some next year. Great idea about the french fries - I was also wondering if you blanched them to keep them from browning. Thanks for all your info and advice!

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    1. Kathy, we are averaging about 15 potatoes per plant. They are all different sizes, some are large, some are medium size and then of course some are small. Yes, I blanched the potatoes.

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  8. Do you bake or fry the French fries when you cook them, and do you thaw first, or just cook them frozen?

    I'm amazed at how early you got such a huge harvest. What a nice bunch of potatoes products!

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    1. Beckyathome, I do not thaw the potatoes before cooking and our preferred method of cooking them is baking.

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