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Old 10-11-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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Freezing potatoes

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So I have a fabulous coupon for 5 lbs of potatoes but really don't need them right now. Can I peel, boil, vacuum seal and freeze them until Thanksgiving (when I would thaw and mash them)? Other ideas?
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:07 PM   #2
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Hello All ...
So I have a fabulous coupon for 5 lbs of potatoes but really don't need them right now. Can I peel, boil, vacuum seal and freeze them until Thanksgiving (when I would thaw and mash them)? Other ideas?
Thank you!
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Yes, this would be great. You could even use them for hash browns, potato salad, etc. anywhere you would use cooked potatoes.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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I've read that frozen potatoes can / will turn black. If I vacuum seal, will this lessen the chance of this happening?
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:18 PM   #4
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They are sold in the store. And look fine. Of course who knows what they do them during the process.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:11 AM   #5
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If you boil them first like you said, they will not turn black.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:16 AM   #6
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We put our potatoes in the cellar and I've known folks that have stored them in a cool dry closet. Not sure how long they keep in a closet but potatoes in our cellar would be good for Thanksgiving...

...not to derail the topic of properly prepping potatoes, sorry.
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:43 AM   #7
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I would also vote for storing them in a cool dry dark place. They should be fine til Thanksgiving. Sort thru them once in a while just to make sure you don't have a bad one--one bad potato will ruin the bunch.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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I'm not a big fan of freezing cooked potatoes. Once revived, I can't quite describe it, but the texture is less to my liking. Whenever I have leftover of something like pot roast or a stew for freezing, I'll even fish out all the potato pieces first to refrigerate separately.

JM, just have fun cooking and eating your 5-lb bag, knowing that there will be plenty of more discount coupons for same when Thanksgiving comes around.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:55 PM   #9
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I would go for the cool dry storage. Previously frozen potatoes are not to my liking. Potatoes, onions, and garlic will last a long time if not stored wet and kept cool and out of the light. I wrap in paper towels and store, I would not store in plastic bags.

5 pounds of potatoes is a few bucks. I would wonder if the cooking and freezing is worth the effort. They will last in my refrigerator for at least a month.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #10
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I also have never had any luck with freezing cooked potatoes. They turn mushy and nasty every time I've ever tried it. Like Spork, I dig them out of a stew that I want to freeze. I suspect the freezing breaks down the cell structure. Yes, I know that you can buy frozen potatoes, but as someone else said, who knows what magic manufacturing secrets "they" have.
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