Adventures in Prepping: Dehydrating Potatoes

I know it seems like such a basic thing to most homesteader/prepper types, but I haven’t identified as either of these for very long so this business of dehydrating and storing food I’ve grown is a new adventure for me!

It was rainy yesterday (melting all our snow!) and there just wasn’t much to do since I didn’t feel like getting any more wet and muddy than necessary after already finding a muddy mess waiting for me in the form of seven very dirty pups who wanted to jump on me outside and mud puddles forming in the poultry pens, right where I have to walk (of course).

So I came in, vowed not to go back out until either the snow returned or spring came and decided it would be a good day to do something with all the potatoes we harvested from our garden that I have stored down in our little root cellar (aka the dark, cool space under the stairs).

I’d kept quite a few potatoes in a burlap sack down there and to my surprise they were still just as fresh as the day we dug them up, but I know that isn’t going to last forever so I thought dehydrating and then vacuum sealing them would be a good way to store them for long term.

I don’t want all our hard work to go to waste!

Dehydrating them wasn’t hard, but it was a bit more work than I expected. I learned quickly from my research that you can’t just slice them and pop them into the dehydrator. There are a couple steps you have to take first.

Step One: Peeling and citric acid wash

I chose to peel mine, mostly because when I go to reuse them I prefer them to not have peels for things like mashed and au gratin potatoes.

I picked just a few out that were relatively the same size, trying to guess how many would fit into my little dehydrator.

Once I peeled them, I put a quarter teaspoon of citric acid into some cold water (to keep them from turning brown) and put my slicer right over the top of the bowl to make it easier.

I peeled one and sliced it immediately before moving onto the next. It’s hard to see, but there were three potatoes sliced into the water there.

By the time I got to the top of the water, I was up to six potatoes total and figured that was a good amount to work with.

Step Two: Blanching and rinsing

Next, I needed to blanch them for about 5 minutes, because that’s what everyone who knows how to do it says to do it. Since I’m no expert, I trust they know what they’re talking about!

I actually put the water on to boil just before starting the peeling and slicing, which was perfect timing as it was ready to go when I was ready to pop them in.

Five minutes later and they were firm but blanched, so I drained them with a strainer and then rinsed them off in cold water, as I was instructed to do.

Once that part was finished I made sure not to dry them off, as per all the tutorials I read.

Next, they went into the dehydrator.

Step Three: Dehydrate and wait

Once I filled all the trays, I was just left with some that had broken up into small bits and pieces, so I fed those to the doggos.

I set it to 135F and let it run for ten hours, as suggested. Well, actually it was longer than that since I put them in in the evening and slept in, so it was more like 12 hours (but who’s counting?!).

When I checked after the time was up, here’s what I found.

Well first, I found it had snowed overnight (yay!). So no muddy mess today (yay again!).

I also found the potatoes were juuust perfect and ready to be vacuum sealed and put away.

Each dehydrator load is enough for one meal for us, so that’s good. I do wish I had a bigger unit than this to work with but it will do. For now.

Today I might try dehydrating shredded potatoes instead of sliced but since neither of us are big hash brown fans, I don’t know if I’ll bother.

10 thoughts on “Adventures in Prepping: Dehydrating Potatoes

      1. I’m on my desktop now and found a video I wanted to share.

        She tries and taste tests different ways of preserving potatoes. Freeze dried looks the best, but who can afford a freeze drier? šŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you! I did rehydrate a few from the second batch, just to see what happened and they came out perfect after about 30 minutes soaking. I went ahead and bagged the rest up and haven’t cooked any but I will use them for scalloped or mashed potatoes down the road I think.

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