Drying foods is a great way to preserve them naturally and all the nutrients, but if you have ever wondered how to dehydrate potatoes and other root veggies then here is the answer.

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Preparing the Potatoes – Take your potatoes and gently wash them and then cook them whole.  Don’t slice them or peel them, simply put them in a pot and cover them with cold water and then bring to a boil, and cook until done but still firm, but not mushy.

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If you are not sure, then simply push a skewer through them and if it can go through them and back out again smoothly, then chances are they are cooked.

Let them cool overnight (this is one of the best ways to stop them from turning black, which is what can happen if you put them in the fridge when they are still warm)  So, basically drain the pot and leave them to cool overnight.

Hash browns – If your goal is to create hash browns, then peel the potatoes and using a grater, grate them, and then spread them out in a single layer on the dehydrator sheet.  Following the instructions on your dehydrator, dry them and then store them in baggies.

When you are ready to use them simply soak for 10 minutes in some water, and then cook as you normally would.  These make a great treat for camping trips, as you can pack them without a cooler, or great to have when you just don’t feel like peeling and cooking potatoes for dinner!

Slices – You can also simply slice them and dry them in a single layer in the dehydrator and these would be great for scalloped potatoes and other dishes using slices.

Drying veggies is a great way to deal with an abundance of produce from the garden or from your organic food supplier. 

You can also dry chicken and other meats to make great tasting natural jerky that can be stored in a container or baggy and ready for the lunch bags or for a great tasting snack for your kids on that next long drive.

You can do amazing things with fruit using these dryers that will taste better than any commercially dried fruit product on the market.  It really is a healthy way to process and store food without adding salt or any fats at all and it makes them portable and perfect for lunches without refrigeration.

If you get an abundance of organic or home grown fruits and veggies, and don’t like the texture of freezing them, then try using a dryer to create  your own dried foods. 

Now that you know how to dehydrate potatoes, you can experiment with other root veggies and with the extra trays that are in this dehydrator pictured) you can dry a larger batch of them.

You can purchase these at many small appliance and specialty kitchen stores but you can also get them online at sites such as Amazon.  It can be worth shopping online as the assortment is much bigger and prices are comparable.

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