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Feb 4, 2011 01:43 PM

Freezing gnocchi

There are quite a few older posts that cover this topic, but I'm still really torn and could use some input. I'm about to make a batch of gnocchi from a recipe I found on Epicurious. Every recipe says you can freeze the gnocchi but I am petrified to try. I have frozen potato heavy food in the past (potato leek soup, chicken pot pie filling with potato cubes) and every time the unfrozen and reheated product is horrible. The potato becomes mealy and spongy when frozen and unfrozen. I've read you can get better results with waxy potatoes but that's not what I'm intending to use, or what the gnocchi recipes I've found call for. I would be crushed to spend time make an extra batch only to find I wasted time and ingredients if the frozen gnocchi is as mealy as my previous attempts to freeze potato related items.
Get over the paranoia and freeze away?

Thanks! First time poster, long time lurker.

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  1. I made several batches of gnocchi, all gluten free. I did a couple of batches of pumpkin gnocchi and 2 regular potato gnocchi. I spread them on a baking sheet that had a thin layer of g.f. flour, poppeD them in the freezer to do it's job. I then bagged them up in freezer bags for later use. THEY WERE DELICIOUS!!! I am looking forward to having some this weekend.

    1. Yes, get over the paranoia - after all, you can buy a bag of frozen potato gnocchi in any major supermarket!

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      1. re: greygarious

        All the commercial gnocchi I've ever seen has been shelf stable, not refrigerated/frozen. Like boxed pasta.

        1. re: pdxgastro

          Take a look in the freezer section, where the ravioli are.

      2. It's true - they freeze very well.

        1. In my opinion it's BETTER ti freeze gnocchi. I find frozen gnocchi is less liable to fall apart in boiling water.

          1. OK! I'm still a little nervous, but I'll give it a go! I know you can buy frozen gnocchi at the store, but I wasn't sure if there were some crazy stabilizers in them or if flash freezing offered better results from commercially made frozen gnocchi.
            I guess I have some potatoes to cook!

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            1. re: Alisonlou

              Yes, absolutely. Just make sure you freeze them solid on a tray *before* packaging them!

              1. re: LauraGrace

                boil first (per Tom Colicchio), cool, tray freeze then cryovac. Oh, and don't boil the potatoes (imparts extra water which makes them heavy). Bake, skin when cool, then use a ricer. Spread out on a tray to cool before proceeding.