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Old 03-01-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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Potatoes

The thread about canned potatoes got me thinking (and I'm always dangerous when I do that - LOL).

Anyway, I have the same problem a lot of other people do. If I buy a 5 lb bag of potatoes, they go bad before I can use them all. Now I know you can freeze mashed potatoes, so what about whole potatoes?

What if I just spent a day boiling potatoes and then putting them in freezer bags and freezing them for future use? Is that possible? Would they taste OK when thawed and baked in a casserole or soup or used as mashed potatoes?

Has anyone every done something like this before?
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Old 03-01-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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Why not buy fresh potatoes a few at a time as needed? They keep for months. I have a lot of freezer space, but I wouldn't want to fill it with potatoes.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:25 PM   #3
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I would be inclined to encourage you to eat the fresh potatoes instead of fooling with trying to freeze them. Is there an underlying problem; don't cook much, don't like potatoes? Potatoes do not last long in my house and I buy them in 10# bags. Try fried potatoes for breakfast, or hashed browns. Baked potatoes for supper or potato soup. I think people are not trying if potatoes are going bad!
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:33 PM   #4
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Potatoes

My mom used to buy tubs of frozen mashed potatoes along with frozen twice-baked. I've frozen them mashed in my Thanksgiving in July casserole (leftover turkey layered with everything else.)

I haven't seen frozen whole potatoes. I would mash or hash them first.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:50 PM   #5
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I'm not saying it wouldn't work; I have frozen potato innards in my freezer right now, from making potato skins. I would freeze leftover potatoes, but since they keep well and are inexpensive, I don't see an advantage to cooking and freezing them in advance.
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Old 03-01-2016, 08:09 PM   #6
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Hi rodentraiser. It can get pretty warm in the Puget Sound area where you're from - if I buy a 5 or 10 lb. bag I have to be pretty sure I'm going to use them quick. I'm in the CA desert and have to buy them as needed during the summer months - there's no way potatoes would last more than a week, if that.

I mash some with just a little milk and doctor them up when I take them out of the freezer. I've never tried freezing whole potatoes but I don't think that would work very well, the texture would change unfavorably.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:29 PM   #7
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The thread about canned potatoes got me thinking (and I'm always dangerous when I do that - LOL).

Anyway, I have the same problem a lot of other people do. If I buy a 5 lb bag of potatoes, they go bad before I can use them all. Now I know you can freeze mashed potatoes, so what about whole potatoes?

What if I just spent a day boiling potatoes and then putting them in freezer bags and freezing them for future use? Is that possible? Would they taste OK when thawed and baked in a casserole or soup or used as mashed potatoes?

Has anyone every done something like this before?
I never buy a bag of potatoes unless I'm cooking for a crowd. I usually buy 2 or 3 potatoes at a time. I can get russets, gold, or red potatoes that way, so I'm covered for whatever use I may have in mind.
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Old 03-02-2016, 02:55 AM   #8
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rr, when my SIL lived in Florida, she would keep her potatoes in one of her veggies bins in the refrigerator. If you have room for them, you might want to try that. Just make sure you plan on using some of them the same day you buy them - that way you'll have less fresh ones to store.
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Old 03-02-2016, 03:06 AM   #9
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Instead of spending a day preparing potatoes for the freezer I would do it as needed or as one step in the process of using five pounds of potatoes.

When the bag is new use some as needed fresh out of the bag, try freezing a few of the leftovers prepared for a meal and see how you like them, as you get to the bottom of the bag and the remaining potatoes need to be used up then make an effort to cook and freeze the few that remain.

I have only frozen mashed and twice baked potatoes with good results, I think that is due to the addition of high fat items like milk, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, etc...

I have read about freezing home prepped hash browns and french fries that have been blanched or boiled for a few minutes prior to freezing, I have never felt that the savings were worth my effort. You can get some great inexpensive frozen items for about the same price as fresh. Do a little experimenting and see what works for you.

Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:20 AM   #10
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and another thing!

Instead of freezing the potatoes look for ways to incorporate them into your weekly meal plan.

Along the same lines as Beth's comment above, when I was a kid growing up we always had a bowl of plain boiled potatoes, leftover mashed or baked potatoes in the refrigerator, they were viewed as a sort of convenience food that could be relied on to help get a quick meal on the table. If you boil three or four potatoes they will keep in the refrigerator for a few days and can be used to make a quick potato salad, creamed potatoes, home fries, hot German potato salad, hash, potato patties, etc...

In the beginning it may take a little thought and foodsmanship* to see the possibilities that will allow you to come up with a loose plan for the week. Think about the foods you enjoy and read some recipes then adapt those recipes to create a single serving or two using what you have on hand. Making a pound of potato salad, as an example, using a couple of leftover boiled potatoes, a hard boiled egg, celery, onion and a dab of mayo will cost pennies and be 100% better than the salad from the deli. If you don't keep celery and onions on hand then try celery seed and dehydrated onion in place of fresh.

*foodsmanship is a word I first encountered in this great little book from the 70's. http://www.amazon.com/Ms-Pinchpennys.../dp/0140462627 Judging from the prices on Amazon it seems to have become a cult classic, who knew!
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