How To Freeze Potatoes



How to Freeze Potatoes

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If you have potato plants in your garden, you know they grow in abundance, and it's hard to eat them all while they're fresh. Once you've given away as many as you can to your friends, try preserving the ones that remain by freezing them. This article provides information on how to freeze potatoes and enjoy them roasted, mashed or made into a salad when you're ready to eat them.

Steps

Freezing Potatoes

  1. Dig or buy potatoes.Plan to freeze potatoes at the peak of their growing season, which differs among varieties of potatoes. Choose potatoes with firm flesh, few bruises, and no sprouts.
  2. Wash the potatoes.Scrub off the dirt and debris with a stiff-bristled brush.
  3. Peel the potatoes.Use a peeler to remove the potato skin, or if you're working with new potatoes, scrape it off. Rinse the potatoes to prepare them for blanching.
    • If the potatoes are large, chop them in half before blanching.
    • Don't cut the potatoes into small pieces; it's better to store them whole if possible.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.In the meantime, prepare a large bowl with ice water and set it aside.
  5. Plunge the potatoes into the boiling water.Allow them to blanch for 3 to 5 minutes. This process cleanses the potatoes of organisms and preserves their flavor and color.
  6. Remove the potatoes from heat and place them in the ice water.
    • Transfer the potatoes directly from the pot to the ice water bath using a slotted spoon or tongs.
    • Allow them to cool for about ten minutes.
    • Drain the potatoes when they are chilled, and pat them dry.
  7. Place the potatoes in airtight storage bags.You may also use a freezer-safe container.
    • Make sure the potatoes aren't wet when you place them in the bags or ice will form.
    • If you aren't using a vacuum sealer, close the zippered bag almost all the way. Insert a straw into the opening. Draw out the remaining air through the straw. Withdraw the straw as you finish sealing the bag.
    • Put enough potatoes in each bag to make a meal for your family. This way you'll be able to defrost exactly as many as you need at once.
  8. Store the potatoes in the freezer.They will keep for up to a year.

Roasting Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C).
  2. Remove potatoes from the freezer.Large potatoes serve one person each, but you'll need 3 or 4 smaller potatoes per person.
  3. Use a sharp knife to chop the potatoes into bite-sized chunks.Smaller chunks will get crispier, and large chunks will be creamy inside.
  4. Place the potatoes in a bowl.Toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
    • Consider adding more seasonings like garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, or chili powder.
    • Other oils such as peanut oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil also work.
  5. Place an aluminum foil sheet on the baking sheet.Brushing oil on the baking sheet is also another way to prevent potatoes from sticking to the baking sheet.
  6. Spread the potatoes evenly on a baking sheet.Place the sheet in the oven.
  7. Roast the potatoes for 20 minutes.Remove them from the oven and toss them with tongs or a spatula, then return them to the oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the potatoes from the oven when they are done.They should be brown and crispy, but not burned.
  9. Serve.

Mashing Potatoes

  1. Remove potatoes from the freezer.Large potatoes serve one person each, but you'll need 3 or 4 smaller potatoes per person.
  2. Use a sharp knife to chop the potatoes into rough chunks.If the potatoes are already small, you can skip this step.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large pot.Cover the potatoes with water. Place a lid on the pot and set it on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-high and allow the potatoes to boil.
  4. Cook the potatoes until they are soft.Take off the lid and poke a fork into them to test for doneness.
    • If the potatoes are fork tender, they are ready for the next step.
    • If the potatoes are still firm, allow them to cook until they are tender.
  5. Remove the potatoes from heat and drain them.Pour them into a colander, then place them back in the empty pot.
  6. Add a stick of butter, 1/2 cup milk, and salt and pepper to taste.Use a potato masher to mash the mixture together until it is smooth.
    • If you have an electric mixer, this can be used in place of the potato masher.
    • Spice up your mashed potatoes by adding additional seasonings, sour cream, cheese, chives, or green onions.
  7. Scoop the mashed potatoes into a serving bowl.Serve alongside a main course of fish or meat.

Making Potato Salad

  1. Remove potatoes from the freezer.Large potatoes serve one person each, but you'll need 3 or 4 smaller potatoes per person.
  2. Use a sharp knife to chop the potatoes into bite-sized chunks.Make them as small or as large as you want them, depending on your preferences for potato salad. Boil them in water until fork-tender (as shown above), but do not overcook.
  3. Place the potato pieces in a colander inside a bowl.Allow them to drain.
    • The water from the potatoes will drain into the bowl.
    • When the potatoes have drained, discard the water.
    • Place the potatoes in a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
  4. Make the dressing.In a small bowl, whisk together the following ingredients, adding more or less of each one to taste:
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup white vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  5. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and mix.Make sure each potato is well coated in dressing. Add the following ingredients of your choosing:
    • Chopped hard-boiled eggs
    • Chopped green or red peppers
    • Minced green onion, chives or shallots
  6. Place the potato salad in a serving bowl.Serve at a picnic, or alongside barbecue or another summer dish.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    Can the frozen potato go straight from the freezer to boiling broth?
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    Yes, no need to thaw. All prepared vegetables can go straight from freezer to broth.
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  • Question
    Can I freeze cut potatoes for frying?
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    Community Answer
    Yes. You will want to blanch the whole, uncut potatoes. Then remove, drain, and let cool. Once they are cool, cut them up to the desired size and freeze them.
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  • Question
    Can I cut uncooked potatoes into French fries and then blanch and freeze them?
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    Community Answer
    You will want to blanch the whole, uncut potatoes, then remove, drain, and let cool. Once they are cool, cut them up to the desired size and freeze them.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I roast potatoes that are frozen or should I defrost them first?
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    Community Answer
    You can do it either way. The potatoes will roast more quickly if they are defrosted first. If roasting frozen potatoes, be aware that the skins of the potatoes may get too crispy before the insides cook through. To avoid this, start the oven on a lower temperature than you otherwise would, to allow the potatoes to thaw a bit before getting too crispy on the outside. Once you can stick a fork through the potato, you can turn the oven back up to your usual roasting temperature.
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  • Question
    Could I take fresh potatoes from my garden, wash/scrub them, then shred them for hash browns and freeze?
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    Community Answer
    Do a quick blanch first. Just make sure they are as dry as possible before freezing. If you are vacuum sealing them, separate them into serving sizes and put them put them on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Prefreeze them before vacuum sealing or they will turn to mush.You can add chopped onions and peppers for more flavor but they should be blanched before adding to hash browns before freezing.
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  • Question
    Can I mash potatoes with cream cheese, sour cream and butter and then freeze them?
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    Community Answer
    Yes. Just make sure they are properly wrapped and sealed before you freeze them.
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  • Question
    Can I leave the skins on whole potatoes and freeze them? Can I then bake the potatoes later?
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    Community Answer
    It doesn't work. The potatoes don't freeze evenly and parts of them will turn black, which is not very appealing.
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  • Question
    Can you cut potatoes while they're frozen?
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    Community Answer
    That is a lot like asking if you can cut an ice cube. The answer is "yes, you could" - but it would be a massive pain, and you run the risk of breaking them and cutting yourself, not to mention you would be abusing your knives. It would be smarter to wait for them to thaw out.
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  • Question
    Patients on dialysis can only eat potatoes if they've been soaked overnight. Would they need to be blanched, patted dry, then frozen after soaking?
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    Usually the recommendation is double boiling, because it takes out more potassium. But soaking them overnight, then blanching, would help remove even more potassium.
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  • Question
    Can I freeze mashed potatoes?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, you can.
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Unanswered Questions
  • Can you season potatoes prior to freezing?
  • Can I freeze a baked potato?
  • How do I turn potatoes into frozen chips like the ones McCain does?
  • Can I freeze potatoes that are beginning to sprout?
  • Can I freeze my potatoes that I have already boiled with the skin on and use them in a potato salad? Should I remove the skin after they have thawed and then make the potato salad?
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Quick Summary

To freeze potatoes, scrub off the dirt with a stiff-bristled brush and use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins. Next, bring a large pot of water to a boil and put the potatoes in it for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, remove them with a slotted spoon and put them in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes, pat them dry, and place them in airtight storage bags. You can then store them in your freezer for up to a year!

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Things You'll Need

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable or potato brush to clean
  • Plastic bags
  • Freezer
  • Large pot
  • Baking sheet
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices and toppings according to taste

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