Canned Potatoes and Recipes For Your Potato Harvest

Potato Plant

Potato Plant

Potatoes have always been a pretty easy plant for me to grow.  Canned Potatoes and Recipes, a new eBook, will help you process all those potatoes much easier.  One year, I went to our local produce market, Frog Pond, and they had 50 lb. bags of potato seed for FREE! Yes, I said FREE! They wanted to get rid of them and they were damp. In fact, when I brought the bag home in my friend’s car, it stunk it up a bit. That didn’t matter in the least, because I planted all of them and we had the biggest crop of potatoes I ever saw. All I had room for in the garden that year was green beans, tomatoes and the potatoes. But who cares? I was able to store them in a big box covered with newspaper right in my pantry. I had to check them daily, and I would open the box and let it set open for a few hours. If you don’t do that, moisture will accumulate due to the humidity and being in a closed up box. That is why I never keep vegetables or fruits in plastic. Nothing ruins it faster than being closed up in a plastic bag or container.

Harvest of Potatoes and Cucumbers

Harvest of Potatoes and Cucumbers

So when you have a daily harvest of potatoes coming every day, what do you do with all of them? You can store them fresh and eat them through the winter. Of course, canning some of them would be a good option too. Then you’d have some ready to fix without the fuss of waiting for them to cook first. They are basically prepared and all you have to do is to make the recipe you need them for. Fast food! Canning potatoes is not that hard to do and actually, if you have never canned before, it is a good vegetable to start with. Remember you will need a pressure canner, NOT a pressure cooker……….there is a big difference! 

Big Potatoes

Big Potatoes

As you can imagine, with a good crop of potatoes, you can be overrun with them at harvest time. There are so many ways to use them. In my own eBooks I have put down many of my old standby recipes. I thought I’d seen them all until I bought a new cook book for my kindle called  Canned Potatoes and Recipes by Pamela K. Ritter. She has more delicious recipes for using the canned potatoes that I have never had before. So I am planning on trying these recipes when the weather turns cooler and I have time to cook more. Right now, I am mostly grilling or using my new pressure cooker.

Canned Potatoes with Recipes
Not only does she tell you how to can the potatoes in this book, but gives the recipes for these other mouthwatering dishes, such as: Potato and Cabbage Soup, Pierogie Casserole, Fried Potatoes With Corn, Canned Red Potatoes with Garlic and Green Bean Soup, etc. Well, you get the idea. What are you waiting for? Click the link above to order the eBook for your kindle or other reader at Amazon. 

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Canning Peaches Without Sugar

Home canned peaches

Peaches Canned Without Sugar!

Canning peaches without sugar was on my list. I have swore off sugar and haven’t been buying it. So I thought I’d better try canning peaches without sugar now. I always look forward to peach season. Peaches just give off that summer aura. They are so juicy and tasty with that wonderful scent! I think they put you in a good mood just to eat one. Not only that, but they are pretty too. Peach color has always been a favorite of mine. I managed to can 21 pint jars of peaches. Very good for our wintertime meals! The best part is that I canned all these peaches without one speck of sugar or any artificial sweetners. Nothing added at all.

Frog Pond

Frog Pond

Frog Pond is a produce market that I have been going to for many years now. In our area, everyone shops there. Especially if you like to can food or make sauce when the vegetables are in season. Two days ago when I went there, they were pretty busy with lots of customers. I wasn’t sure what I was going to buy, but once I saw those big peaches, I couldn’t resist. Especially since that was all I could smell……..fresh peaches. I saw one guy eating one with juice dripping down his face. I was sold!

Fresh Peaches

Fresh Peaches

I bought a half bushel and that is about all I can handle at one time. I went right to work and was up late for me. I don’t mind so much though, as I love the feeling of accomplishment as I look at those jars of food for the future. My husband makes me feel good about doing it as he keeps complimenting me for doing all that work. I guess the most work is cleaning, peeling and cutting the fruit to can. Once that is done……..it is easy.

Peach Juice & Sauce

Peach Juice & Sauce

Not using sugar, meant the process was so much easier. I was able to skip the making a sugar syrup part. The peaches actually taste just the way they did fresh. I don’t add sugar to a fresh peach, so why should I need it on a canned one. I canned these like you do a chunky applesauce. They came out perfect. A good winter food that will remind us of summertime.

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Home Canning Is Essential To A Self-Sufficient Life

Canning With 2 Canners

Canning With 2 Canners

Home canning is essential to my homesteading life. It appears as if home canning is becoming the in thing now. Do you think it has anything to do with GMO foods? Maybe it has to do with so much sugar and related products in everything we buy. Then again, it could have something to do with the economy. I have noticed, and I am sure you have too, that food packaging has been getting smaller and smaller. Pretty soon, we will be paying for an empty package! 

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Right out of the canner!

Right out of the canner!

I have been  home canning for years. Ever since I got interested in being self-sufficient. Canning is a big part of that life. In the beginning, I was scared to do it. My father taught me how to make grape jelly and to can grape juice. Then he showed me how to do pickles. That is basically what he and my mother canned. They froze everything else from their garden. I took to canning very quickly. I loved it and still do. There are some days, that canning is all I do. If it can be canned, then I will try to do it. 

Green beans In garden.

Green beans In garden.

One last point I’d like make about canning your food, is that if you put all your food up in your freezer, you can lose it. Not only if the power goes out, but if your freezer malfunctions or someone leaves the door open accidentally. In the case of an emergency, believe me, you are not going to stop what you are doing to can all the food in your freezer. You may not even be home to attend to it. Please consider learning to can if you don’t know how. It can mean the difference in how your family will survive in the future. 

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Fill The Pantry With Home-Canned Foods You Like

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Canned Chicken Breast

This year I am making some big plans on our food supply. I have a lot more canning jars empty at the moment, rather than full. So I need to get them filled up and put away. I am hoping we get some major changes done on our house. Then I will have the space for the jars. Ever since my root cellar has been torn apart, I have not been able to use it the way it is meant to be used. Between the root cellar and the pantry, the food supply should be easy to get to, and the right climate for the stored food.

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Canned Pumpkin

This year I am concentrating on low carb vegetables, since now my husband has embraced this food plan gladly. That is no problem, as there are many low carb vegetables to choose from! I will also be canning a lot of different meats, cheeses, butter and bacon. The more food I have in jars, then I can rest easy, that none of it will go to waste. Living without a refrigerator means you have to make sure you can store whatever food you grow or buy. Canning and dehydrating assures me of that fact. 

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Canned Cheese

Canning cheese, bacon and butter is a controversial subject. I had backed off it for awhile. But I have read new information on it. Jackie Clay, my favorite author from Backwoods Home Magazine has done it. If she can do it, so can I. I do it safely and if I suspect anything is amiss……..in the garbage it goes! I have found new guidelines on canning bacon and will try it first. If I like it, I will tell my readers here all about it. After all, they sell canned bacon in the stores, so it means it can be canned.

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Home-Canned Hot Peppers

Figure out what you eat based on whatever diet you eat, and make your list from that. Grow or buy those foods. Make your main dishes that you eat often, the mainstay of your pantry. It is not hard to do. Don’t grow anything you don’t eat or like. If it is something you want to try, just plant a short row of that plant to see if you like it or not. 

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Last Corn From Daddy’s Garden

Eating low carbs means we don’t eat corn, potatoes or beets. After we have been on our plan awhile, we can have one or two of those vegetables a week. Not a huge helping of mashed potatoes and gravy though! The corn  I have left in my pantry is the last from my father’s garden. The last I will ever have of anything from his garden. I am not sad though! He instilled in me the need to garden. Then he taught me how to can food. So that knowledge will always live with me. Thanks, Daddy! 

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