July 9, 2017
While I would have loved to grown all of my food this year I have not, mother nature allowed to much rain and some of my crops died. Since I am okay money wise ( still working full time) I am buying a little from the farmers market and home canning or freezing, while I prefer home canning since it cost money/ power to run a deep freezer.
As I mentioned in my last article I bought a box of sweet potatoes, a 20 pound box and the freezer is low of sweet potatoes, Plus this year since I have the pressure canner I home canned more than I froze.
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First I always wash and sterilize my jars and get the lid and rings ready before I do anything. Next I make sure I have hot water waiting in the pressure canner.
How to home can sweet potatoes :
Make light syrup using 2 1/4 cups sugar and 5 1/4 water = 6 1/2 cups, set aside on low heat.
Peel the sweet potatoes and rinse in cold water. Cube sweet potatoes in medium size chunks.
In a large cooking pot fill 1/2 full with water, bring to a boil. Add sweet potatoes and bring back to a boil, boil 10 minutes.
Remove sweet potatoes from boiling water using a slotted spoon, put directly into pint jars. Fill jars with the light syrup, wipe the rim of jars with a clean damp cloth and apply lids.
Put 7 filled pint jars into the pressure canner and process for 65 minutes.
That is how to home can sweet potatoes in light syrup.
How to freeze mashed sweet potatoes :
I have learned that you always, I mean always cook th sweet potatoes first. Why? When you cook a potato that has not been Pre-cooked its grainy / woody texture that is not any good.
For Mashed sweet potatoes - Peel and cube sweet potatoes as small as you can cube them, put them into a large cooking pot and just barely cover them with water, boil till soft, there should not be much water left, cook till most all is gone, stirring often.
Remove from heat and pour into a stainer and back into the cooking pot. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, mix well.
Allow to cool completely.
Make appropriate size meals and spoon into a freezer bag, label and freeze. Enjoy sweet potatoes for six months or more.
Just thaw in the freezer bag when ready to eat, season as you like.
Freezing whole sweet potatoes :
Wash the sweet potatoes to get rid of any dirt. Bake sweet potatoes till done.
Fill freezer bags with the sweet potatoes and freeze. its that simple, when you want a baked sweet potatoes take out what you need and reseal the rest.
Sweet potato pie
To make sweet potato pie filling just remove a quart freezer bag of mashed sweet potatoes, thaw.
Add 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor. Mix well.
Pour into a 9 inch pie crust and bake for about 45 minutes or till golden brown around the edges.
That is how I use sweet potatoes as a stock up for the homestead.
By Andria Perry
Photos By Andria Perry