How to Can Potatoes, Sweet or White

Can you can potatoes? Of course you can! Learn how with this excerpt from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning.

| July 28, 2011

Process Times for White Potatoes

White potatoes take less time to process than their sweet brethren. Also note that the amount of pressure required varies depending on the altitude where you live. Follow the recommended process times.

Chart From United States Department of Agriculture

When homesteaders first learn how to can vegetables, they often overlook one of the most popular varieties — potatoes. After all, why learn how to can potatoes when you can store potatoes in a cool dark space, such as a root cellar or even a hole in the ground? But what if you don’t have such a space? Or what if you want to store potatoes, but don’t want to worry about peeling them and chopping them each time you use them? Canning potatoes is a great alternative for storing potatoes for those short on cellar or garden space, as well as short on time when dinner rolls around. (Plus, it gives you an excuse to buy that pressure canner you’ve had your eye on.) With this excerpt from the United States Department of Agriculture's Complete Guide to Home Canning, you'll learn the hot and raw pack process for canning carrots. Use this and our other canning resources to stock up after harvest.

The following is an excerpt from the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning on how to can sweet and white potatoes.   

Potatoes, Sweet — Pieces Or Whole

 It is not recommended to dry pack sweet potatoes.

Quantity: An average of 17-1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A bushel weighs 50 pounds and yields 17 to 25 quarts—an average of 2-1/2 pounds per quart.

Quality: Choose small to medium-sized potatoes. They should be mature and not too fibrous. Can within 1 to 2 months after harvest.

Procedure: Wash potatoes and boil or steam until partially soft (15 to 20 minutes). Remove skins. Cut medium potatoes, if needed, so that pieces are uniform in size.

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