Have you ever had a lot of potatoes and wondered how to freeze them? Well look no further because I have just the tips for you to do it successfully at home. This is especially wonderful when potatoes are in season in your area … nothing better than fresh from the farm or market goodness! It does take a little work, but so worth the effort and costs just pennies to do! I received 11 large baking potatoes free (again it pays to know your farmer) and made mine into diced potatoes and French fries.
*Note – Baking potatoes (such as Russet), including Yukon Gold, freeze better than red potatoes. I kept all the cut potatoes in a large bowl filled with ice-water until ready to cook. Place water in large stock pot adding 1-2 tsp. sea salt and bring to a full, rolling boil before adding the potatoes.
Freezing Diced Potatoes:
Diced potatoes can be frozen for use in a variety of recipes. Here’s how:
- Peel two pounds of potatoes. (or whatever amount you want to work with.) Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
- Simmer the diced potatoes in salted water until just tender.
- Spray a sheet pan with non-stick cooking oil and spread cooked potatoes in a single layer on the pan.
- Place the pan of diced potatoes in the freezer until frozen solidly.
- Transfer the frozen potato cubes to freezer bags or containers to use as needed.
Freezing potatoes for hash browns and other shredded potato recipes:
- Shred or grate 2 pounds of potatoes (or any amount you want to work with).
- Place grated/shredded potatoes in a bowl of iced water until all potatoes are shredded.
- Drain the ice water when you are ready to prepare the potatoes for freezing.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil.
- Place the shredded potatoes into the boiling water just until they begin to be tender.
- Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray.
- Drain the potatoes thoroughly and place on the sheet pan in mounds or patties.
- Leave on the sheet pan until solidly frozen, then store in freezer bags or containers.
Make ready-to-cook frozen French fries:
- Peel and cut the potatoes you want to freeze into “french fry lengths.”
- Boil cut potatoes in salted water until partially cooked.
- Drain and place in a single layer on a sprayed sheet pan.
- Freeze until solid; transfer to freezer bags or containers and put in freezer.
Yield: 11 large baking potates yielded one gallon bag of French fries and two quart bags of diced potatoes.