How to Dry Potatoes

How to Dry Potatoes. Drying potatoes is a quick and easy way to store them for later use. Use a dehydrator, solar oven or conventional oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Potatoes
  • Dehydrators

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Wash potatoes, removing any spoiled areas. Skins can be removed or left on for vitamins.

Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Add salt to taste.

Slice potatoes into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.

Place potato slices in a vegetable basket and dip into boiling salt water.

Wait for water to return to a boil.

Boil potatoes for 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove potatoes from boiling water and place basket of potatoes in ice water for 15 minutes.

Spread blanched potatoes in a single layer between paper towels and blot dry.

To dry in conventional oven, coat cookie sheets with vegetable-oil spray.

Spread blanched potato slices on sheets in a single layer.

Place in oven on lowest setting, around 170 degrees F.

Keep oven door cracked for air circulation and for moisture to escape.

Turn slices over after 1 hour.

Continue turning every 30 minutes until potatoes are brittle and translucent, but not pliable.

To dry in dehydrator, place potato slices on racks coated lightly with vegetable-oil spray. Place slices in a single layer and not touching each other.

Follow dehydrator instructions on settings and times.

Let potatoes cool; store in a glass jar or large plastic bag.

Tips & Warnings

  • When dry, potatoes will be a pale white color with a tinge of yellow.
  • Some potatoes dry faster than others, so check every 15 to 30 minutes for dried slices and remove them.
  • Rehydrate potatoes by pouring boiling water over them and letting them sit for at least an hour.
  • Avoid letting slices become brownish in color when drying. This means they are overcooked and could have a bad taste.
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