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    Canning Potatoes

    sarah889
    Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:21 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hey everyone, I am new to canning and I mostly wanted to start canning because I love potatoes but always seem to have to many! So instead of letting them go bad I want to can them. I have watched a lot of youtube videos and I see that many people peel the skins. Also my recipe books say to peel the potatoes as well. I have red potatoes that I want to can but I like the skin on my red potatoes. Can I leave skins on potatoes when canning or does that have to do with bacteria or something?
    Molly53
    Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:02 pm
    Forum Host
    sarah889 wrote:
    Hey everyone, I am new to canning and I mostly wanted to start canning because I love potatoes but always seem to have to many! So instead of letting them go bad I want to can them. I have watched a lot of youtube videos and I see that many people peel the skins. Also my recipe books say to peel the potatoes as well. I have red potatoes that I want to can but I like the skin on my red potatoes. Can I leave skins on potatoes when canning or does that have to do with bacteria or something?
    Hi and welcome to our forum! icon_smile.gif

    C. Botulinum (the critter that causes botulism) is a soil-borne organism, Sarah. Since potatoes grow directly in the soil, chances are very good that some of the spores will be on the potato skins after harvesting. This is the reason behind the recommendation is to peel them prior to pressure-canning.

    That said, there are some people that do prefer to can with the skins on and my advice for those folks is to scrub the absolute dickens out of the spuds prior to canning and to cook very thoroughly (at least ten minutes) prior to serving to destroy any toxins that may have formed during storage.

    Here's how to can potatoes safely: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/potato_white.html
    sarah889
    Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:14 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you I did not even know there was a website...I guess I will be peeling a lot of potatoes!
    Molly53
    Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:27 pm
    Forum Host
    That's my go-to website, Sarah. They have the answers to pretty much any query anyone might have. icon_smile.gif
    Amberngriffinco
    Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:57 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    I get small ones that fit the jars.

    I wash them well, throw into sterilized jars and boiling water (no salt) and can.

    They come out well.
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