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Old 02-02-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
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Question Replacement for Frozen Potatoes?

I have several casserole recipes that require frozen hash browns (either shredded or cubed), but I am currently living overseas and they are either not available, or very expensive and have freezer burn.

How can I prepare my own potatoes so that they are the equivalent of the frozen product? I can shred potatoes, but how do I cook them, and for how long? Same for the cubed kind.

Thanks so much! Laurie

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Old 02-02-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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Depending on the casserole you shouldn't have to prep them. Just shred and add or cube small and add. Most casseroles take 25 minutes or longer to cook, I find when I use the raw method they cook up just fine. You may have to add 1/4 cup more liquid to the casserole per cup of potatoes, but not always. So I check it about half way thru baking and see if it requires more.
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I think I would at least try to squeeze some of the moisture/starch out of them before baking. Just use a clean kitchen towel, or cheese cloth if you have it.
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Once in a pinch (realizing too late that someone else in the house had eaten all the hash browns ) I cut up frozen french fries, pan fried them (in a non-stick pan) and added them to the dish. It worked great
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:16 AM   #5
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I think I would at least try to squeeze some of the moisture/starch out of them before baking. Just use a clean kitchen towel, or cheese cloth if you have it.

YEs, this is important because frozen hash browns are very dry. A lot of recipes call for them specifically over shredded fresh potatoes for that reason.
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