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Food Storage Meals - Potatoes

These two recipes still had issues.  The potatoes themselves just didn’t come out right.  But the concept is good.  The sauces were tasty.  I’ll be trying again some time with both store bought dried potatoes and fresh potatoes so there may be updates coming.

The first version was a beef and potato “hamburger helper” style dish that we threw in the crockpot.  The potatoes never softened but the meat and sauce were wonderful tasting.  We completely ruined it with the dried potatoes.

*This version we used potatoes we had dried raw.

The second version was a scalloped potato that cooked in the oven.  My family loved it.  I was under the weather so the weirdness of the potatoes got to me (they swore the potatoes were just fine).  I thought the sauce was decent.  I had been concerned that the dried green peppers would be weird since I had heard they can get bitter.

*This version, we swapped out the raw potatoes for ones we had cooked and then dried.

Hamburger Helper Style Mix:
2 cups milk powder
1/4 cup beef bouillon
1 teas dried basil
1 TB garlic powder
1 cup cornstarch
2 TB onion flakes
1 teas dried thyme
2 TB dried parsley (we use 2 teas parsley powder)

Potato Beef Casserole
3 cups dried potatoes
1/2 cup base mix (see above)
3/4 cup dried vegetables (we used a mix of corn, green beans and peas)

To cook:
Brown 1 pound ground beef.  Add potato mix and cover with water.  Simmer 30 minutes.  Remove cover and let water evaporate.

*We made this in the crockpot with a pound of stew meat.  It should have worked well but as I said the potatoes never seemed to cook all the way through.

Base Mix #2
2 cups powdered milk
3/4 cup corn starch (because I ran out of cornstarch, I added 1/2 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup arrowroot powder)
1/4 cup chicken bouillon powder
2 TB onion flakes
2 teas Italian seasoning

Scalloped Potatoes
3 cups dried potatoes
1/4 cup dried green pepper (chopped)
6 TB base mix #2
1/3 cup dried milk
3 TB butter powder
2 TB dried onions

Pour ingredients into medium sized casserole dish.  Add 2 3/4 cups boiling water.  Mix well.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes until tender.

* It took longer than 30 minutes and a little more water to get the potatoes to cook soft.  Also it leaves a terrible film on the dish that is a pain to clean.  I would recommend putting some butter on the pan to keep the sauce from sticking.