How To Freeze Potatoes
I was always under the impression that you could not freeze potatoes – primarily based on the fact that I have frozen vegetable soup before, and when thawed, the potatoes are mush! But, while you can’t freeze raw potatoes, there are several other ways you can freeze the over abundance of potatoes you get from your garden this year!
There are a few things you need to know before freezing potatoes:
- Do not freeze fresh potatoes. Allow them to be stored at room temperature for 15-30 days first
- Baking potatoes freeze better than red potatoes or new potatoes
- Up have to partially cook them first – you can’t freeze raw potatoes
- It’s best to freeze potato “dishes”, like mashed, twice baked, etc
Twice Baked or Stuffed Potatoes:
- Prepare your twice baked or stuffed potatoes as you would normally (including the baking process) – adding any ingredients such as garlic, butter, salt and pepper.
- If you want to add bacon bits or cheese to the top, do not add before freezing. Add these items when you thaw them to re-heat and eat
- Place prepared potatoes on a baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap until completely frozen
- Remove from freezer and wrap each potato individually in aluminum foil
- Place wrapped potatoes in air free freezer bags and place in freezer
- When you are ready to eat them, remove from freezer and preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place potatoes on baking sheet and top with additional ingredients (bacon, cheese)
- Bake about 30 minutes.
- Peel and cut potatoes into french fries
- Fill a pot with water and lightly salt
- Bring to boil and turn down to simmer
- Place potatoes in water just until tender
- Spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray and place potatoes on the pan in a single layer
- Put the pan in the freezer until potatoes are frozen solid
- Remove from freezer and place in air tight freezer bags
- When you are ready to eat them, remove from freezer and place on sheet pan
- Bake at 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until browned.
- These will react just like frozen french fries you buy in the grocery store, so cook them the same way
Hash browns or Diced Potatoes:
- Prepare as above, except cut potatoes into cubes or shreds based on your preference
You can also cut potatoes in larger cubes to use for dishes like potato salad. When removed from freezer to be used in other dishes, simmer in water for a few minutes before adding to the recipe.
As you can see, you definitely CAN freeze potatoes! Use these handy tips to take advantage of your bounty of garden potatoes!
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