Since it’s winter time, I’ve been using all my free time to free up space in our freezers or just make sure our food doesn’t go to waste. This involves lots and lots of hours spent canning and preserving! Today, I’m sharing with you one of our favorite canned recipes, and it is such an easy and quick dinner side too! It is a diced garlic potato that will stay shelf stable for over a year! If you aren’t canning, you are missing out on cutting costs, having delicious and easy to prepare food, and minimizing food waste.
Dice Your Potatoes
I had a $2 bag of potatoes that was about to go bad. In fact, they were just starting to sprout eyes so I knew they needed to be used up asap. My husband was willing to help, because that’s a lot of potatoes to cut. So we got to work trimming off anywhere that eyes had started to sprout, and dicing the potatoes. We did not peel our potatoes because we prefer skin on, but that step is totally up to you. You’ll want your potatoes diced for blanching anyways, so you might as well get this step done first.
Blanch Your Potatoes
You’re going to want to blanch your potatoes first. This sounds so complicated, but I promise you it’s just as easy as boiling them. Fill a pot with lukewarm water and place your diced potatoes inside. Bring to a boil, then as soon as it starts to boil, bring your heat down to just a simmer. You do NOT want to cook your potatoes. Simply check them with a fork and as soon as a fork can easily pierce the outside, they are done. Drain your potatoes and transfer them to a bowl of ice water so you can stop the cooking process.
Getting Your Canning Jars Ready
I decided to can these potatoes in quarts because that’s likely what we’ll be preparing at a time for a dinner side anyways. Get your jars ready beforehand. I always pull out a few more than I think I will need for the recipe. Our water gets extremely hot so I wash them really well with dish soap and hot water, including the lids and rings. I then fill the jars with hot water and sit to the side until I’m ready to use them. This keeps them warm all the way up until the canning process, and ensures no chipping or breakage. I lay out my rings and lids on a clean cloth towel until it’s time to use them.
Canning Your Potatoes
Once your potatoes are blanched, use a funnel, and fill up your quart jars leaving head space. In each quart, add 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp canning salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Then fill with hot water, top with your lids, and tighten your rings finger tip tight. Do NOT overtighten. Potatoes must be pressure canned so no water bath canning this recipe! I recently received the NESCO digital pressure canner for Christmas and this makes it super easy to pressure can while you’re working on other things around the house. You can basically set it and forget it, and not have to worry about it not keeping pressure, or messing with the heat.
If you’re using a different version pressure canner, that’s fine too. You know your canner best. For quarts, you will pressure can for 40 minutes. I always let my canner rest for an hour after canning to allow it to release pressure before opening and removing my jars.
Preparing Your Potatoes From A Jar
I really hate when I’m reading a good canning recipe and they totally leave off how to prepare the recipe once it’s canned. That’s great, you got me 85% of the way there, but what about the most important part?! Preparing the food for my family. It’s really as simple as dumping your jar of potatoes into a pot and heating over low on the stove. Remember that your potatoes are already partially cooked, so you don’t need to cook these like you would other potatoes. Keep your heat low and just warm up. Sometimes I like to spread them on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, and roast them at 400 degrees until they’re nice and crispy. Other times, I just heat them up in a large pan on the stove, or even go so far as to mash them once they’re heated for a garlic mashed potato. The great thing is, no matter how you prepare them, they heat up so quickly and you have a versatile and delicious dinner side in minutes!
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Canning Supplies + Links
Looking for a particular canning supply I mentioned in this canning recipe or another one? This is a handy list of some canning supplies you can purchase to help make canning and preserving more efficient for you. Of course, you don’t have to have everything. But if you find you’re canning more often, having these items comes in handy.
- Nesco Digital Pressure Canner
- Canning Jar Lifter
- Canning Jars – Quarts
- Canning Jars – Pints
- Canning Funnel
Shelf Stable Diced Garlic Potatoes
- 1 Pressure Canner
- 4 Quart Jars
- 5 lb Potatoes
- 1 tsp garlic per quart
- 1 tsp oregano per quart
- 1 tsp basil per quart
- 1 tsp canning salt per quart
- 1/2 tsp black pepper per quart
- Cut up and dice potatoes to your liking. Remove any eyes that may have sprouted.
- Add potatoes to pot of lukewarm water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and heat potatoes until fork can easily pierce outside of potato. Do not overcook.
- Remove potatoes from heat and place in ice bath to stop cooking.
- Using funnel, funnel potatoes into quart jars leaving head space. Add 1 tsp garlic, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp canning salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Then fill jars up with hot water leaving 1" head space.
- Wipe canning rims with clean cloth to remove any residue, top with lids, and tighten rings fingertip tight.
- Place quarts in pressure canner and can for 40 minutes (quarts) or 35 minutes (pints). Let canner rest one hour after canning to release pressure before opening. Let cans rest for 24 hours before checking seal. Store in cool location.