Sunday, October 24, 2021

Gleaning Sweet Potatoes!

Our weather has been absolutely beautiful this week!

I've enjoyed it by having the doors open and spending time outside.  Open doors is a fall thing for me!

Here's another fall thing we did this week:  We spent some time gleaning sweet potatoes from surrounding fields.

The owner of the fields gave us permission, once they were through harvesting, to go in and glean. 

This is one of the buckets we filled! 

We definitely got a lot of 'bending up and down' exercise this week! 

Once they cure, it'll be time to start preserving which will include:

canning some for pies, breads, casseroles,

freezing some for making fried sweet potatoes and gravy,

and freezing some for baking.

Feeling blessed and oh so thankful!

How do you preserve sweet potatoes?

Until next time!


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  1. I love sweet potatoes, Beauregard, in particular. How do you cure your sweet potatoes? The first time I ever bought potatoes from the farm, I bought 120 lbs for myself and forty for a friend. I sub sweet potatoes for pumpkin in pumpkin pie and and pumpkin bread. Of course, I have sweet potato pie and sweet potato bread. I never worry about the forecast of shortages of pumpkin.

    1. Practical Parsimony, we place them in crates out of the sun where they can get plenty of air flow. After about 2 - 3 weeks they are ready for preserving.

      I will can some for use in sweet potato pie, bread and casserole. Our most favorite way to use them though involves pre-cooking them about half way. Letting them cool, removing peel, slicing in about 1/2 inch rounds, flash freezing and freezing them. When we are ready to use them we open a package, pan fry them, make gravy and enjoy! This is my husband's absolute favorite way to enjoy sweet potatoes!

      We don't worry about pumpkin shortages either!

  2. Love sweet potatoes, but don't have a good source for them. And being a household of one, I typically buy only what I'll use during a month's time. Love them baked and also in a casserole, as well as cut into wedges or strips and baked as fries. My pup also loves them, both cooked (plain) and cut into slices / slabs and dehydrated. They make good healthy chews for the pup!

    1. Lori, baked sweet potato wedges are delicious!

  3. They are beautiful! Back when I had severe food allergies sweet potatoes was one of the 14 foods I could eat and so I rarely eat them now. It has been 9 years since I got my foods back so they are stating to sound better now.

    1. Lana, you must have had some severe food allergies if you could only eat 14 foods. Can you share what you did to reverse them?

    2. I went to the alternative practitioner I have told you about. I had so many infections in my body that it was just sick. Beginning to heal all those gave me back the ability to tolerate food again.

  4. How nice and what a blessing! Happy gleaning and stocking.

  5. What a blessing to be able to glean all of those sweet potatoes! One year Colton and I happened upon a really good sale and bought 50lbs of sweet potatoes for $10. I canned some (my first experience with pressure canning!), froze some, and made lots of casseroles for the freezer, as well as cooking fresh. I never thought I could tire of sweet potatoes, but after we finally got through them all, we both decided we had had enough for a while. Now I wish we could come upon another such sale but that's not likely!

    1. Kelsey, we like sweet potatoes but as you're saying, too much of a good thing can lead to food fatigue!

  6. Patsy, I have a black walnut tree in my yard which means hundreds of nuts to pick up yearly. I found a "grabber" at the Dollar Tree. (It was a dollar. LOL) It was the BEST dollar I ever spent....I use it to pick up all those #$%# nuts without bending (or with minimal bending) It might be just the ticket for picking up those potatoes. Keep an eye out for one either at Dollar store or Walmart. Your back will thank you.


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