Our Homegrown POTATOES are Going in the FREEZER!
Sarah is still going strong with preserving! Today she turns her attention back to potatoes. She has 3 potato preserving projects for the freezer. O'Brien potatoes, French fries, and roasting potatoes.
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You have me exhausted🤣🤣
So true, you can get tired watching huh? lol. Its a bit like the old saying “a stitch in time saves nine.” The more she (we) prep our food, the less work it is later. Now, if I can just find the initial burst of energy to do that lol.
@Wayne Thomas- Harkless Kunkle hmmmm I wonder if there’s an app for that🤣🤣🤣🤣( extra burst of energy)
@SaphireDiamonds &Pearls Oh if you ever find one for that youll be a billionaire! lol
Hi Sarah and Kevin. I don’t know if you have done this yet but any chance you can make a video of your pantry/ freezer/ food storage? I think many of us would like to drool over it. I bet it’s impressive, especially at the end of the growing season. Love your videos! Thanks for sharing your life with us.
@JoAnn Mahaffey I thought it would be a good idea, but maybe you’re right. I guess it is up to Sarah and Kevin to decide whether or not they will do it. Thank you for bringing a different perspective 🙂
I don’t think it’s really safe to be showing your food provisions to the world – you know what I mean… ?
Would love to see where she stores all her appliances she uses in food preparation.
@Mabel Conner yup, another good idea. (For me, others may not agree. )
@Diane Lively Talk about paranoid… anyway, whether they show it or not, anyone watching would know what they have.
I am ready to see how you process and store your sweet potatoes too.
@Sixpink oneblue You can store potatoes in a cellar just fine around here, anyway. We don’t have one, so we store them in large tupperware boxes in a special refrigerator we have set at 50 degree.
@Sixpink oneblue thats ok, I’m a grown adult and and will choose for myself, and I didn’t ask for your opinion. Have a wonderful day.
Sixpink oneblue she likes the skin on, it’s better for you, it’s called fibre, and it works for her. They make these rules in America so they cannot be sued, so if your a grown up you chose what suits you.
@Sixpink oneblue Funny. Too me Sarah seems to have studied very hard about correct and current procedures for canning. And most other things. I’ll bet she and Keven spend many evenings on the internet studying how to make their homestead more efficient which is why they are so successful.
@Rob Westley Isn’t it amazing that as adults we can choose what we do and don’t rely on others to tell us what s safe or not! I trust Sara for safe canning, she is one of very few that I do trust.
Oh Sarah, I laughed so hard when you dabbed your eyes and said, ” oh no, she’s crying…”! It was so unexpected.
I always enjoy your videos and have learned so much from you and Kevin.
Meeee toooo 😂🤣
That was funny, but my favorite was when they tried to open those nuts, and even went out on the road waiting for cars to come by! Soooo funny!
I ended up putting a fan on me while chopping up onions for our salsa. Helped so much blowing the fumes away.
Agreed as well. Have learned so much
Sarah, potatoes are not the only thing you can use that FF chopper for. Working in a restaurant I used it for peppers, onions, tomatoes and even carrot sticks. Cut most veggies in half size to fit and cut better. It will work great on hard
Try your fry cutter attached to a wall so you are just pushing down on the guide. Goes super fast.
that’s what we did when I worked in a restaurant. You can even do more than one potato at a time when you have that extra power.
Great idea! I love the idea of having it handy but not taking up counter space or storage.
Plus you can drop the cut fries directly into the cold water.
I was going to add to put the potato slicer on a much lower surface so you are relatively over it to utilize your strength. Those are fantastic!
Awesome prepping for your family for the coming year. Hint for next year: for Potatoes O’Brien, start cutting potatoes with the French fry cutter. Then cross cut those into the dice. It’s a real time saver. Your family will eat healthy and hearty this next year. Good job.
I do it opposite. I cut them length wise then pop them on my fry cutter and boom, diced potatoes. I tried using my mandolin to cut the potatoes first but they came out too small for how I like them.
@Caryn Wood I agree but O’Brien potatoes are bigger chunks than FF. I have bought then that size before and they aren’t as good.
Dehydrate thin sliced potatoes for au gratin and scalloped potatoes.
@Wayne Thomas- Harkless Kunkle It is! I borrow Pioneer Woman’s recipe, my husband, and son love it.
@Shelly G It is, and even better the 2nd day as leftovers.
@Lori Gilmartin You would add a little more liquid than the from fresh recipes require. For a 9×13 casserole dish I use about 2 cups of liquid. If I use cream i mix it with water. Unflavored non dairy milks work well too.
I like to use them to make bacon cheeseburger potatoes au gratin or jalapeno cheddar and onion scalloped potatoes.
@Shauna Gustavus Thanks!
I would like to see where you store everything and how much you have done so far.
@Robert Tombrella I didn’t ask to see their pantry. But no one will know where you live by showing your freezer contents.
@JoAnn Mahaffey Just my personal opinion, but it’s only a request. Sarah is a big girl and can decide what suggestions to follow without your policing of the comments section … smh
@Robert Tombrella I just can’t understand what the big whoop is about seeing a pantry. What do you think is going to happen? Maybe someone is going to stage a raid on their pantry for a jar of potatoes? You people have way too much time on your hands if you’re worrying about this. Try working hard like Sarah and Kevin do and you won’t worry about what other people do so much …
I would like to see how many of these people store their items and keep track of what they have. There is no way you can just remember everything. I also try to freeze my items in a way they stack and fit into the freezer well, so it would be nice to see some of their ideas.
rayeann reeves That’s what I thought but apparently that offended some people.
Why don’t you lay the bags of potatoes flat in freezer may keep them less clomped
Faster to thaw and easier to stack in the freezer. When frozen, we prop them up on their sides so they stand up tall.
So true Miss Rita! I freeze everything flat, even hamburger or other ground meat. Not only does it save freezer space but it thaws way faster.
@Guardian Minifarm Good idea!
Thanks, hope it helps!
It tickled me to see how excited you were about the french fry cutter! Y’all do a wonderful job teaching us ‘wannabes’ how it’s done! I’ve learned SO MUCH from you both! May God continue to bless your efforts!
Kitchen “gadgets” can be a problem if you don’t have storage in your kitchen. A cheap plastic thing can be more trouble than it’s worth. But if it’s going to be a time-saver like Sarah’s potato cutter, it’s a God-send. She’ll have that for decades and probably leave it to one of the girls. Quality is always a good thing in tools …
“I’ll just smack the bag on the counter” 😂 love it!
Yup, been there, done that lol. –Shirley
“Do we need any more kitchen gadgets? Yes we do!” Love it!
@Danika Matters Me, too! LOL
@Cindy Bowman I think Sarah may have had an extra cup of coffee this morning !! LOL
That made me laugh out loud! I love her, she is so funny.
Yes I loved that comment too. I even laughed with her. Guess what yes I do I need this gadget too lol
More kitchen gadgets, you need to ask! If it makes my life easier, then yes, yes, yes!!!
My dad used to own French fry concession stands and we grew up on french fries all summer. He had a huge industry potatoe pealer, and 50 pound bags of potatoes stacked in the back of a box truck. Every morning we had to peel enough potatoes for the crowds for the whole day and night. He used big metal garbage cans filled with cold water to keep the potatoes there close to the stand. He also had a potato cutter like that one but a little bigger, bolted to the counter in the stand. Fresh french fries made to order in a welded deep fryer vats he hand made himself. We sold a lot of them growing up.
We have restaurant Penn Station that does home cut fries per order. Gotta love them crispy crunchy morsels.
That is so awesome…….thank you for sharing that! A true walk down memory lane. Hard work but honest good work!
@Mary Lou Mulloy thanks.
Ouh now you can make sweet potato fries, beet root stick, carrot sticks and apples fries. We even used ours for onions, heck of quick way of getting diced onions.
That vidalia chop wizard is awesome for dicing. Especially handy for making egg salad.
Great idea, use it for all kinds of veggies and apples. Nice.
Hanna Young, you are selling me on this machine!!
Great video as always! The fries at the store (and the restaurants) are flash fried before they’re flash frozen. Similar to how you blanch them, they’re fried for about 4 minutes then drained and frozen for packaging. They can be seasoned before freezing if you’re going to bake them after the first fry. This is how you get that great crispy fried outside without the taters soaking up the oil and becoming super greasy. I know you’re super busy and just want to get things done and into the freezer, I just thought you’d like to know, and maybe someone can use this tip. Have a blessed day! Hope your cold clears up soon. 💕😁
What a great tip! I never knew how you could cook fries without soaking up the oil and still be crisp. So basically, par-fry, freeze and then bake? –Shirley
Wayne Thomas- Harkless Kunkle yep. You technically only need to freeze if you want to preserve them. You can go straight from the draining to the baking if you are making them the same day.
@Ann’s Warm Fuzzies Thanks so much. I may end up doing a little of both ways.
😂🤣 onions! Baggie tip: put your baggie in the cold water with one corner of your bag open until the water is almost to the top. (Don’t get the water in the bag). It will push out the excess air!
Thats brilliant actually. Knowing my luck I would sink the bag and get water inside. Shirley
Or suck the air out with a straw. Nancy from Maui🌴🌴
@John Oh okay, another brilliant idea! Shirley
Please share your recipe for “cheesy creamy potatoes”!
Yes, please do share! 😁
Would absolutely love it thank you sharing the recipe
Yes! Please share
YES, PLEASE SHARE!!! 🙂
Just like potato bake just add cream cheese and bacon
Cheffy tip for taking the tears out of onions. (I used to have to prep up to 20 pounds of onions per day.) Before starting on the other ingredients, prep the onions 1 by 1 like this:
Cut off the root end, then cut off the green end (yes, the order can matter), cut in half or quarter, pull off the outermost paper/layer, and submerge in a big bowl of ice water. Immediately get the scraps of each onion out of the way into a bag/can so they aren’t sitting on your board.
If your knife starts to get sticky or covered in juice, immediately rinse or wipe with cold water. Wipe the board with a cold water cloth as needed also. Using a very sharp, thin knife is better than a thick, dull one. You want to slice cleanly without scrunching a lot of the flesh, because scrunch = vapor in air.
Leave the onion halves sitting in the ice water while you do whatever other prep you need, then come back for the onions. In that few minutes, most of the nasty vapory juice that usually leaks out into the air and burns your eyes will now be in the water instead. 99% reduction in cry factor.
As a young man I worked in a Subway sandwich shop & I can attest to the ice water method. We didn’t quarter ours first but just threw them in the water whole. Of course, we had nearly infinite supply of ice, so that makes a difference…
I diced up 18 gallon bags of our Texas 1015 onions…used my food processor..flash freezed and put into gallon freezer bags…
Ooo soak the onions! I’ve always just kept my knife wet which works but this would be quicker! Thanks for sharing!
Sarah: “Do I really need this kitchen gadget?” “YES I DO!”
I laughed so loud at this! I just love you Sarah 🤣