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I did a little "dry canning" today... Dehydrated 5 pounds of potatoes into hash-brown shreds. Can be re-hydrated as needed for hash-browns and potato cakes... Enjoy! Diane
Citric Acid, optional
PROCESS: Wash the potatoes, peel them, wash again, cut in half (large chunks) and boil for about 4-6 mins. Submerge in ice water that has a bit of citric acid sprinkled in the water (the cold water stops cooking action and the citric acid helps prevent browning of potatoes) Let the potatoes cool...pat dry and shred using a food processor - then lay out on dehydrating trays - dehydrate at 135-140 until dry (mine took about 5+ hours). Once completely dried, packed into jar/s - vac seal using a Foodsaver jar saver vac.
Yield: My 4-5 pound bag of Colorado Potatoes (Russets) made a quart jar full of shreds.
Cheat (easy) Method: defrost a bag of frozen hash-browns overnight and simply place on dehydrating trays to dehydrate - a great idea if you can find a great sale on the 6 pound bags.
Re-hydrate by pouring boiling water over potatoes and let sit 15 mins. then cook as usual/use in recipes.
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This is the perfect Holiday breakfast side. Serves many and tastes great! When I do make this, I make two 8x8's so that I can give one to my neighbors to enjoy. Love this and now that Fall is here - time to pull it back out of my recipe vault and share! Enjoy Diane
Cheesy Hash-browns with Ham
1 (32 ounce) package frozen hash brown potatoes
8 ounces cooked, diced ham
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of potato soup
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix hash browns, ham, cream of potato soup, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese. Spread evenly into prepared dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until bubbly and lightly brown. Serve immediately.
Recipe by: Loretta C. Photo by: Diane Baker forCanning and Cooking at Home
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