Potatoes are a staple vegetable for us. We grow several hundred pounds each year for just the two of us. Let’s explore how we grow and harvest a homestead staple – potatoes.
Here’s a video we did on potato planting. As you can see from this video, we will only plant potatoes in the traditional hilled rows. Over the many years of gardening, we have had consistently large potatoes in quantity with vigorous healthy plants. There is no good reason to change our methods which work great for us. Potato Nutrition
Potatoes are loaded with nutrients especially if the skin is consumed. They are a good source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, high in potassium and vitamin C and are low fat and cholesterol free. That is until you pile on high fat toppings such as butter and sour cream.
Uses of Potatoes
Potatoes are an extremely versatile vegetable to use. We generally eat potatoes in some form each day. Everything from numerous soups including potato leek/onion soup and chili potato soup to various side dishes and casseroles such as scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes or salads. And let’s not forget our favorites, baked and roasted potatoes. I even use potatoes in certain breads and rolls. Here’s one of our favorite recipes
1 ½ cup lukewarm milk
¼ cup sugar
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 Tbsp salt
2 pkgs yeast
¼ cup warm water
¾ cup soft butter
4 to 4 ½ cup flour (I use a mixture of half whole wheat and half all purpose flour)
Mix together the milk, sugar, mashed potatoes and salt. Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to potato mixture. Add soft butter and mix well.
Gradually add flour until you have a stiff dough, turn out and knead till smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll to 3/4” thick. Cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits in two 9 X 13 pans. Let rise about 45 minutes. Bake 400°F for 15 minutes.
One of the Best Homegrown Staples!
Growing potatoes for 40 years has taught us they yield more food value per square foot than any grain we can grow and are far less demanding to harvest making them a perfect staple food for any homestead or survival situation. So why not consider growing a homestead staple – potatoes.
Until next time, keep the dream alive! We wish you a great day!
Ron and Johanna
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