Freeze your own hashbrowns?
I buy the ready to use frozen hashbrowns, but my daughter asked if she could shred her own potatoes and freeze them. I was wondering if anyone out there actually does this. I would assume you would have to spread them out on a cookie sheet to freeze then put them in a container. Does anyone know?
You can steam potatoes, slip off the skins, and grate by hand. When I tried to grate with a food processor, I got gum. Spread the grated, cooked potatoes out on a cookie sheet. Freeze. When frozen, break into manageable pieces and place in zip lock freezer bags or vacuum seal. You can fry from the frozen state, semi-thawed, or thawed. This worked well but potatoes are rather bulky, even like this, and take up freezer space. I do not know if making those little fried, rectangular blocks of hash browns is possible at home.
I've wondered this myself. Frozen potatoes seem to have a chemically taste. I've made my own heat-and-serve meals, using mashed potatoes, from a larger meal, and it worked fine. It seems to me that the potatoes for hash browns would have to be at least partially cooked, somewhat similar to rosti. When potatoes have been on sale, I've been tempted to try this, but been too chicken to try. Considering that all frozen potato products, when thawed, are at least partially cooked, I'd think that's the way to go. I'd sure love to hear of anyone's experience, too.