Saturday, July 27, 2013

Potato Dices

Honeyville Farms Dehydrated Potato Dices cost $9.99 for 28 ounces.  That is $.35 an ounce.  Honeyville Farms is a great company that puts out a great product.  But... I can make my own at home for less.

Here at Saltbush Flats we make our own dehydrated potato dices at about 1/3 the cost.

I diced 8 pounds of russet potatoes using the mandolin pictured above.

Then blanched them for 5 minutes in boiling water.  See previous post on Dehydrated Potato Slices here.

Placed them on the dehydrator trays and dried them for about 6 hours.

Eight pounds of dehydrated potato dices weighed in at 18 ounces and were about 1/4 of the original size.

The potato were $1.98 for 10 pounds.  That equals $1.58 for 8 pounds.  Add in a minimal amount of electricity to run the dehydrator and we are at $2.00 or less for my potato dices.

Cost per ounce is $.11.

But the fun does not stop there.  Rancher Roy loves french fries.  So I made 1 pound of potatoes into french fries just for him.

After blanching for 5 minutes, I flash froze these fries on cooling racks.  It was much easier to carry the cooling rack to the freezer on the baking sheet than to carry the rack itself.

Cost of 1 pound of fries is about $.25.

Here at Saltbush Flats we are frugal.  We dehydrate, can, and freeze all we are able as we get closer and closer to self-sufficiency.

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1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again today!