sweet potatoes

Jams and Jellies, pickles, fruit and high acid foods - these are all candidates for water bath canning.
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sweet potatoes

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:32 pm

Had our best ever sweet potato harvest this past weekend. Way too many just for Thanksgiving and pies. Wondering how to store them for long term over the winter. Can I water bath? I don't have a PC. Can I store them in an outdoor shed?
125 lbs. off of 12 plants!
22 of them were over 1.5 lbs each.
11 of them were between 3 and 4.5 lbs each.
They are even the perfect shape for baking.
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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by Farmfresh » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:07 pm

I wouldn't store them where they can freeze, but in a dry cool spot in the house they keep really well. I also like to slice blanch and dehydrate them. You can also slice blanch and freeze. You do need a pressure cooker if you want to can them however. Too starchy for water bathing.
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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by bittersweetbranch » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:42 pm

How long do you blanch them?
If I dehydrate, how do you store them? Maybe in clean sealed quart jars?

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Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:14 pm

I like to store dehydrated things in old Gatorade bottles if they fit. Those bottles are easy to wash up usually and seal air tight.
I generally blanch about 5 minutes.
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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by patriceinil » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:14 am

Wow, what a great harvest!

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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by Rhodie Ranch » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:52 am

that is amazing! Good job!!

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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by mtviolet1 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:46 pm

Great harvest. I am jealous. they just don't get bigger than a fingerling here. I end up buying them every year.

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Re: sweet potatoes

Unread post by Farmfresh » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:04 am

Violet... start them earlier. I tend to grow my sweet potatoes in large containers, because they thrive there. I often start my sweets for the coming year around Thanksgiving. I get the potato slips growing out of the tater, root the slips and get them into a small container while it is still full bore winter. I use the plants as winter greenery until the season's start to change. Then I pot them up into a bigger container for a while till I can move them outside.

They are sensitive to cold, so doing this I get some fun winter house plants and some nice sized potatoes because they get longer in the ground.
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