Homemade Canned Potatoes | CANNING RECIPES

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Easy Canned Potatoes

When potatoes went on sale (since we didn’t get a lot of potatoes from the garden), We’ve canned potatoes.  When you can get 5 pounds of potatoes for around $1, it’s a good deal and time to can.  Even better if you grow fresh potatoes from your garden to save money.

Salt is optional for canning them and we do use as we season while we are cooking versus canning.  Use a tea kettle to heat up water for pouring into the jars for canning.

Speed up mealtime for mashed potatoes or homemade potato salad.

We have several canning recipes that we use to save money on meals.

You can buy them at the store in a can, so why not cut out the middle man and can your own potatoes from your garden. See how easy it can be.

How Many Do I Need For A Jar?

Ten 5 pound bags (50 lbs of potatoes) of potatoes made 43 quart jars of potatoes.

What Kind Of Taters Are Canned?

We prefer using russet potatoes as they do not turn to mush when boiled. Yukon Gold and red potatoes are softer as well. You can certainly can them, but the outcome may be different.

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How to Can Potatoes

Take the time to can potatoes from your garden (or the store), to add into your next meal for ease. What a time saver when all you have to do is heat and serve the potatoes.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bag
Author: Regina Sober


  • potatoes
  • salt (1/2 teaspoon per pint, 1 teaspoon per quart) (optional)
  • water


  • Boil the lids to sterilize (until the water boils).
  • Peel the potatoes using your favorite potato peeler.
  • Remove any brown spots on the potatoes.
  • Dice the potatoes or use a french fry cutter to get a uniform shape, about 1 inch in size.
  • Place the potatoes into a pan and fill with water.
  • Let the potatoes soak, rinse and soak a second time to remove starch.
  • Boil the potatoes, like you would mashed potatoes, but stop cooking after 10 minutes.
  • Use a spoon with holes to drain water, and fill the jars with potatoes below the neck of the jar.
  • Add the salt if you are adding into the jars.
  • Fill the jar with hot water up to the neck of the jar, leaving an 1 inch space between the water and lid.
  • Clean the jar rim with a clean wet, sterile towel.
  • Place the lid and band on the jar and hand tighten.
  • Place the jars in the pressure cooker (about 7 quarts fit in my pressure cooker) with at least 1 inch of water over the jars.
  • Ensure to put the pressure regulator on the pressure cooker to allow pressure to build.Let pressure build to 10 pounds.
  • Once pressure is at 10 pounds, set a timer and allow it to maintain this pressure for 35 minutes for pints or 40 minutes quarts.
  • Turn off the heat and wait for the pressure to go to zero.
  • Remove the jars and place on the counter to cool.
  • Repeat until all the potatoes are processed.


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How Long Do Canned Potatoes Last?

According to Practical Self Reliance, potatoes are good for 12 to 18 months.

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Do You Can Whole Potatoes?

You should use diced potatoes for canning.  You will ensure they are par cooked (partially cooked) and safe for processing and eating later. The potatoes should be cut in similar size pieces so they cook at the same speed.

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  2. I didn’t know you could can potatoes! That’s cool! I love potatoes and I’d like to start canning I think it would definitely be helpful and I love planning ahead because you never know what is going to happen in the future and it is better to be prepared!

  3. I love buying to have on hand those little round potatoes in a can.because if I want to make a roast or anything in crockpot I throw them potatoes right in and I’m done, no peeling before hand . This would be the same. I will have to do some of these up so I have them ready.

  4. My sister in law cans all the time. I never did , my mom never did either.I dont know why but I should have. All the foods I ever tasted that were canned were really good. I never really heard about canning potatoes or recall reading how to do them in any cookbooks. I surely will tell my sister in law about this posting. Thanks so much.

    1. You are welcome. Things do taste better sometimes when we make them ourselves. Must be all the love and freshness put in them.

  5. I would never have thought to can potatoes but I suppose it makes sense, especially for natural disaster preparedness. Thanks for opening my mind!!

  6. I love canning. I don’t have a pressure canner but it is on my list of thinks to get. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Regina… thank you for sharing you potato recipe… we’ve been doing tomatoes the last couple of weeks… had not thought of potatoes… great idea! Grace, peace and blessings. Carla

    1. It is really easy to do. You do the hard part canning them, so later you could just warm them in a pan or microwave to eat!

  8. I asked for a pressure canner for my birthday this year. Hubby said “Huh? Are you sure?” I can’t wait to be able to can more food. I just made pear preserves yesterday. Delicious!

    1. Oh nice! I got my hubby our caner for his birthday. He loved it! At least it was something we have used over and over!
      And we borrow my moms (and she borrows ours) so we can can more faster.

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