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Freezing Potatoes

Cooked potatoes make the best candidates for freezing. Raw potatoes can be frozen with mixed results, but may develop a watery or grainy texture during freezing. If freezing casseroles or dishes containing unbaked potatoes, it's best to omit them during freezing and add them in fresh later. Cooked potatoes are excellent candidates for freezing and reheating.

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Raw (Fresh) Potatoes:

New potatoes work best for freezing raw. Select smooth, firm potatoes from the supermarket or get them directly from the garden. Peel or scrape and wash. Remove any deep eyes, bruises or green coloring form the flesh. Cut into 1/2 inch slices or cubes. Water-blanch for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the size. Potatoes should still be somewhat firm after blanching. Cool and drain. Pack in freezer bags leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Label, seal and freeze. Potatoes can also be boiled whole with the skins on before being frozen. Cook until nearly done. Remove, cool and peel off skins. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in freezer bags. Seal, label and freeze. To prepare, finish cooking in water or microwave.

French Fried Potatoes:

Use mature potatoes (stored longer than 30 days) for making fresh fried potatoes. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut them into 1/3-inch sticks lengthwise, then crosswise into 3/8-inch strips. Rinse in cold water and dry thoroughly on paper towels. Fry small amounts in deep, hot oil (360ºF) for about 5 minutes. Potatoes should be tender but not brown. Drain on paper towel. Cool. Package, seal and freeze. Store frozen for 2 months. To serve, finish browning in 425ºF oven or fry in oil. Another method is to place the potato strips in a plastic bag with salt and oil. Shake the bag until the strips are fully coated. Bake them in an oven preheated to 425º until they are golden brown. Cool, package and freeze. Store frozen for 2 months. Reheat in oven until warm.

Hashed Brown Potatoes:

For hashed browned potatoes, prepare as you would to serve, only brown them only to the brown-and-serve stage. Cool and package for freezing. Store frozen for one to 2 months. When you want to use them, finish cooking and browning as you would normally.

Mashed Potatoes:

Prepare mashed potatoes as for serving. Cool. Pack in airtight containers for freezing. Alternatively, spoon individual servings of mashed potatoes onto baking sheets and tray-freeze until firm. Once firm, transfer into suitable containers and freeze. Remove individual mounds as needed. Store in the freezer for 1 month. Thaw mashed potatoes in microwave safe container.

Twice Baked or Stuffed Potatoes:

To stuff baked potatoes, remove the cooked potato from the skin, mash it and add seasonings or desired fillings. Return potato to the skin, piling lightly. Wrap each potato with plastic individually, then place in freezer bags. Store in the freezer for 1 month. Potatoes can be removed from wrappers and baked for 30 minutes at 425ºF. After 15 to 20 minutes in the oven, top each potato with grated cheese if desired.

Sweet Potatoes:

Wash and peel. Cook until almost tender. Cool. Leave whole, or cut into halves, slices or mash. Dip halves or slices into a solution of 1/2 cup of lemon juice or 1 tablespoon of ascorbic acid to 1 quart water for 5 seconds. This will keep flesh from darkening. To keep mashed sweet potatoes from darkening during freezing, add 2 tablespoons of orange or lemon juice to each quart of mashed potatoes. Pack in suitable container and freeze.

Suitable Freezer Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing potatoes includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil or foil containers.

Refrigerating Potatoes:

Leftover cooked potatoes can be stored in sealed plastic bags or airtight containers for 2 to 3 days. Fresh, whole potatoes should be placed in a well ventilated container and stored in a cool, dark, moist place for 2 to 4 months. Do not refrigerate potatoes or keep them in plastic bags. Cure home grown potatoes for several days after harvesting in a warm, dark place before storage. This toughens up their skins and extends their storage time.

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I buy potatoes when they are on sale. Then I boil them, mash them, and seal them in serving size containers and put them in the freezer. It's so nice to be able to just take out as much as I need and microwave it.

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When I bake my potatoes, I always make extra to freeze. I scrub them well and dry; pierce them and wrap in tightly in foil. Any leftovers are cooled in the foil, then bagged in a freezer bag.

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January 5, 2018

Do potatoes cooked in a casserole freeze well?


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January 5, 20180 found this helpful
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It has been my experience that potato dishes and soups dont freeze well. They end up with a grainy texture.

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January 5, 20180 found this helpful
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When I make stews with huge chunks of potatoes, that seems to heat back up nicely. Not so much with mashed.

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January 6, 20181 found this helpful
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There are a few things that don't freeze well, and potatoes are one of them. It seems that they hold water and when you freeze them it changes the texture in the potatoes. I wouldn't suggest freezing them, but if you do, don't defrost them and try to heat it up. Leave them frozen and put this in a pan on the stove and slowly heat them up. This works well, but still the potatoes don't taste the same.

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October 22, 2011

How do I freeze fresh potatoes?

By MEESE from Ashville, PA

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October 23, 20111 found this helpful

My advice is, you don't. The texture is ruined.

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October 25, 20110 found this helpful

It's obvious that they can be frozen, in your supermarket, but I am wondering too, so do what I am gonna do, search online. :)

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October 25, 20111 found this helpful

Did I lose my post, don't see it, hmmm. I had said that it is obvious that they can be frozen without problems., freezer section in your supermarket, but I want to know too, so I am gonna search on the internet.

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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

You have to have a flash freezer to freeze things like the supermarkets, or ice cream stores, do. A home freezer freezes too slowly.

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October 26, 20112 found this helpful

Peel, soak in water to remove the starch, then slice or cube, dry on paper towel or dish towel. Heat cooking oil just to cover the potatoes and blanch in small portions, cool and store small portions in plastic bags or airtight containers.

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December 3, 2013

I have a glass Pyrex dish of patrician potatoes leftover from Thanksgiving. It contains sour cream and cream cheese. Can I freeze this dish? I have unsuccessfully frozen mashed potatoes in the past. The dish is prepared, but has not been baked yet. Thank you.

By Mary E

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December 8, 20163 found this helpful
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I learned that after freezing the mashed potatoes to re-heat them in the oven, stirring them potatoes once or twice (depends on the size of the dish) to keep the content smooth. Worked like a charm. Now if I could only remember to turn my head when I open the oven door then my glasses wouldn't fog over.

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I froze several gallon bags of peeled and chopped potatoes for hashbrowns. When I thawed them out they turned black. Should I throw them out or is there away to use them?

By ruthie

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July 16, 20171 found this helpful
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I had the same problem. Should have par cooked them before freezing. However, I cooked them and ate them. they tasted fine and looked terrible. I had read an article prior to cooking that they are safe to eat as long as they weren't sitting out overnight, or had any dairy products mixed in. So far I feel fine. Will let you know if that changes.

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February 5, 2012

Can I freeze roasted potatoes, or is it best to freeze the potatoes at the parboiled stage of the proceedings?

By TG from Berkshire, UK

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February 6, 20122 found this helpful
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You might try putting the parboiled potatoes on a cookie sheet with a bit of space between each potato. Place in freezer. After they are frozen, put them into large freezer bags or use a "sealing" machine if you have one, to take the air out of bag. I've done this with raw tomatoes with pretty good success.

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September 6, 2011

I made them for a party and have a lot left over. Can I freeze them?

By Kathy

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful
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First that sounds really interesting, how do you make them?

Second, cut potatoes do not freeze well at all. Mashed a little better, still not great but if you add a bunch of milk when you reheat you can probably get away with it.

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March 14, 2012

Can I freeze white baked potatoes?

By Virginia

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March 16, 20122 found this helpful
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Absolutely! They even sell them precooked and frozen! You can even dress them up before you freeze them to save time at din din!

Just split them and add your chives, broccoli, cheese, etc. Let it cool, wrap it up in plastic wrap and freeze. To prepare, just pop it all in the microwave, nuke it a few minutes, time will vary depending on size. Add your sour cream, and viola!

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May 17, 2019

I have some potatoes that I have boiled then frozen. Do I have to reheat them or can they be eaten straight away after defrosting.

I am looking to make potato salad with them or something similar.

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July 17, 2016

I have just found cold cooked spuds in the fridge. It looks like I'm going to have to throw them out as they have furry specs on them. Could I have frozen them? Thanks!:)


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February 27, 20171 found this helpful

I froze some mashed potatoes after i realized I proably wasn't going to eat them anytime soon (shortly after making them) and when I defrosted them to eat, they were just fine

the freezer can sometimes mush food up, so they might come out mushy or whatnot, which is why as mash it was a good thing to do

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February 4, 2012

I make a hash brown potato recipe that calls for Hellmans mayo in it. I have leftovers. Can I freeze the leftovers?

By Mimigram

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January 14, 2012

Can a baked stuffed potato be frozen successfully?

By Barbara

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September 3, 2013

I froze sliced raw russet potatoes, and some of them turned reddish-purple, what happened and are they safe to eat?

By Cher

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April 25, 2013

How do I freeze whole cooked potatoes?

By Janet

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