How To Freeze Potatoes
Facts About How to Freeze Potatoes
Throughout this article we will explore how to freeze potatoes. Have you ever been in a situation where you were growing more potatoes than you could store? On top of that, you have given multiple bags to friends, but now you have exceeded their potato needs as well. Well, rest assured, there is an answer to your dilemma: freeze them!
First, it is important that you realize that freezing uncooked potatoes rarely leads to the desired results. It is usually best to cook the potatoes and then freeze them. Therefore, rule number one is do not freeze potatoes that have not been cooked. Note that this rule comes into play when attempting to freeze casserole dishes with uncooked potatoes in them; in this situation you should leave the potatoes out and add them upon serving.
Now that we have discovered the cardinal rule of how to freeze potatoes, let’s examine the method for freezing potatoes for a variety of your favorite potato dishes. As you will notice in each of the methods below, blanching (dropping them in boiling water) is used in order to keep the vegetable from aging in the freezer. This process also helps the potatoes retain their nutritional value.
When learning how to freeze potatoes (new potatoes), you will find out that preparation for freezing requires you to boiling them with skins still attached, until they are near done. Allow the potatoes to cool and then remove the skins. It is best that you then use plastic wrap to cover the potatoes and place them in your freezer bags for freezing. When you are ready to serve, finish cooking them either in the microwave or in water on the stove.
Another great potato recipe people typically wish to freeze includes French fries. For this method you will need to thoroughly wash the potato and immediately peel. Then, cut the potatoes into French fry strips at the desired length and width. Rewash in water and then use a paper towel for drying. Then you will need to deep-fry these strips for approximately five minutes. Note, also these potatoes will be a lot more tender; however, they are not supposed to be browning. From here you will drain the fries and allow them to cool before storing them in a freezer bag. These potatoes can be stored for up to about two months. Before serving, finish cooking the potatoes in the deep fryer or bake them at a temperature around 425 degrees. Feel free to add seasoning prior to baking if desired.
Believe it or not, you are also able to freeze completely cooked mashed potatoes for up to a month in the freezer. When you wish to serve them, simply remove them from the freezer and thaw them via the microwave. Sweet potatoes should be boiled or baked and then placed in the freezer. Store these potatoes with skin for best results. It is recommended that you eat these frozen items over the next two to three months.
As with freezing any item, make sure that you are storing the food so that freezer burn can be avoided—in an airtight container. Also, check your potatoes for hints of freezer burn or discoloring before serving. Make sure you always properly label the potatoes not only with name of the item, but also the date frozen. This method will ensure that you consume the potatoes within the safe window of time in which they should be eaten.
In conclusion, these facts about how to freeze potatoes will enable you to store semi-cooked to fully cooked potatoes for approximately two to three months. Make sure you avoid storing potatoes raw due to the high likelihood of discoloring. Properly label your potatoes and store them in the appropriate freezer safe containers to prevent freezer burn. Now you are prepared to freeze your potatoes instead of having them rot without a method for restoration.