Get a great deal on potatoes? Have extras that you won’t use up before they sprout? Freezing potatoes is a great way to maximize your savings.
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Potatoes are ultimate comfort food. So good that you never want to run out. And what about when there’s a killer sale? You want to stock your kitchen and take advantage of a good deal, right?
So you need to learn how you can stash potatoes away for another time.
But, here’s the million dollar question:
Can you freeze potatoes?
You can freeze potatoes. Surely, you’ve purchased frozen potatoes at the grocery store. You know you can freeze potatoes.
However, the potatoes you buy in the freezer section have been treated in a special way that’s not usually available to us home cooks.
You can freeze potatoes at home, but there are some strategies to ensure success. I’ve tried many methods, some that the internet swore would work, and I came up with differing results from those folks. Your mileage may vary.
In my experience, potatoes can go funny in the freezer. I’ve seen all kinds of recipes circling on Pinterest that show folks just chopping potatoes to toss in the freezer. This is a bad move. Trust me. Raw potatoes will get gross. Even cooked potatoes can be fickle beasts.
I’ve tested soups and stews with potatoes in the freezer, and the spuds generally develop a funny texture. The texture change just isn’t worth it for me.
Furthermore, russets aren’t always friendly to freezer cooking. As a general rule, yukon gold and red potatoes freeze the best, but there are ways to make russets work as well.
The trick to freezing potatoes
Freeze cooked potatoes that have been mixed with a good portion of fat, like butter, cream, or olive oil. This is typically done in mashed potatoes or stuffed potatoes.
These methods will ensure potatoes that have great texture before and after freezer storage.
You can freeze mashed potatoes.
Potatoes mixed with a hearty portion of fat, like cream, sour cream, cheese, or cream cheese, freeze very well. There’s something about the combination of cooked potato with these creamy elements that helps them retain a nice texture after thawing.
Try these recipes:
- Easy Alfredo Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
- The Mashed Potato Casserole My Kids Go Nuts For
- Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Mash ($1.23/serving)
How to freeze mashed potatoes: Prepare the recipe according to the directions. Spoon the mashed potatoes into freezer-safe containers. Chill the potatoes completely before storing in the freezer.
How to serve the mashed potatoes: Thaw the potatoes completely in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven. Stir to recombine and fluff the potatoes before serving.
You can freeze stuffed potatoes.
Again, with the fat. It seems that this same rule applies to stuffed potatoes. While it does require a bit of extra work before tossing your potatoes in the freezer, the advantage is that your potatoes are all ready to serve once frozen.
Keep a batch of stuffed potatoes in the freezer for quick lunches, snacks, and dinner time sides.
Try my favorite: Ultimate Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes Recipe—they’re only 51 cents/serving!
To freeze stuffed potatoes: Prepare your stuffed potatoes. Chill completely. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap. Place the potatoes in a ziptop freezer bag and freeze.
To reheat frozen stuffed potatoes: Thawed or frozen, the potatoes can be reheated in the microwave, toaster oven, or regular oven.
How long can potatoes be frozen?
Frozen food is good indefinitely below zero, however time can ravage its tastes and texture. The USDA freezer storage chart recommends 3-4 months for TV dinners and casseroles, in essence what we’re talking about when prepping stuffed or mashed potatoes for the freezer.
So if you see a sale on potatoes, prep these recipes and stock up your freezer for some great savings, but be sure to use it up in the next few months.
These recipes really couldn’t be easier, but having the right kitchen tools can make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.
Here are the tools that I use for making mashed or stuffed potatoes for the freezer:
- vegetable brush
- potato masher
- Pyrex baking dishes with lids
- sheet pan
- Ziplock gallon freezer bags
- Rubber spatula
- stainless steel mixing bowls
How ’bout you? Have you had good success with freezing potatoes? What’s been your experience? Share in the comments what’s worked well for you.
This post was originally published on December 4, 2010. It has been updated for content and clarity.