Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
This is a recipe I came up with when I had an excess of potatoes. These are sooooooo much cheaper than buying premade mixes. It takes a bit of effort, but it's worth it! Something I also like is the fact that it doesn't have the sulfites that some products include. I don't bother peeling the potatoes before I make these, but then again I don't normally ever peel potatoes...I cook them with the skins on. You could do either. I used a corkscrew slicer (looks like a screw with a piece of metal attached) because that's what I had. It created a hole in the middle, which I wasn't sure I liked, but it probably helped the potatoes dry faster in the long run. If you use the corkscrew slicer, the potatoes will come out looking kind of like a big slinky. Set the potato on it's end and cut through all the slices...it will separate them into individual slices. If desired, you could use a mandoline, but I think I like the corkscrew slicer better due to decreased drying time. Drying time not included in recipe, as it will vary from model to model.
- Put a large pot (12 quart?) of water on to boil. A water bath canner works well, or you could do smaller batches in a smaller pot. In my book, it's quicker and much easier to use a large pot.
- Have a sinkful of cold water ready.
- Slice potatoes using either a corkscrew slicer or a mandoline.
- Rinse potatoes with cold water, making sure all slices are separated from each other.
- Gently put the potatoes in boiling water (don't get burnt!) and stir well to make sure potatoes are separated.
- Let cook 3 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and plunge them into the cold water to stop the cooking; stir to make sure they are cooled.
- Dehydrate according to your dehydrator's directions/time -- they should be dry to the point of snapping when done.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
I've used this method to dehydrate over 40 pounds of potatoes in the last two years and it works wonderful. I peel the potatoes. They come out beautiful. (20 pounds of peeled dried potatoes averages out to weigh approx 38 oz.
Thank you much
I am such a fan of dehydrating foods and this works great! I put dehydrating in the same catagory as canning and freezing. It's one of those things that people should consider doing if they "put up" food.