I always make sure that I have a big bag of potatoes when I do the grocery. The other day, I saw roots sprouting out of my potatoes. So I decided to cook all of them immediately. I boiled some, mashed some more and made potato wedges of what remained. After doing all these, I suddenly realized that my family of four cannot consume all that potato in one day.
Because we know that potato is high in nutrition, we tend to buy a lot of it for our family without realizing that we still have some from the last grocery shopping trip. Then, we find ourselves having too much of this tuber.
When you find yourself in this situation, do not put on your toque immediately and whip up your potato-based concoctions. Instead, think of how to preserve your potatoes.
Can You Freeze Potatoes?
Freezing is just one method of preserving potatoes and at the same time keeping its nutritional value. However, some people feel that this is not the best way to preserve this tuber.
Aside from freezing, you can store potatoes in a cellar to preserve potatoes. Just make sure that the room’s temperature is between 45 to 55 degrees F.
Do not refrigerate your potatoes or place them in a room with a temperature below 40 degrees F, otherwise starch is converted into sugar. Consequently, you end up with sweet tasting potatoes.
If you do not have a cellar, an alternative would be any dry area in the house. Just make sure to place your potatoes inside a brown bag or a paper box and they’ll be pat and dry.
Canning potatoes is another method to preserve them. This can be done only with a pressure canner as this is needed to ensure that your jars are sterile to make your canned potato last long.
A lot of people do not go for freezing potatoes because frozen potato becomes watery when it thaws. However, there are ways to freeze potatoes without compromising its goodness.
How to Freeze Potatoes
Freezing potatoes is very easy. There are just a few things you need to remember before freezing them:
- Raw potatoes are best frozen when they are newly harvested
- When freezing raw potatoes, do not cut them into small pieces
- Use air-tight containers or ziplock bags
- When packing, pack enough for one meal to avoid contamination
Potatoes can be frozen raw. To do this, you will need to peel your potatoes, blanch it for 3-5 minutes, and then dip it in ice cold water before placing them inside air-tight containers or ziplock bags.
As mentioned, this method is not popular to everyone because it changes the texture of the potatoes and the dishes you make it with becomes watery. As an alternative, it is suggested that you cook potatoes before freezing.
You can bake your potatoes before freezing. In this video, Martha Steward will teach you how to make a perfect potato:
You can also try the twice-baked potato recipe. Some say it is better to do this before freezing to preserve the taste. Here’s a good video on how to do a twice-baked potato:
If your kids love mashed potato but you do not have time to prepare them, make a big batch and freeze it for when your kids ask for them again. Here’s how: