Can you freeze mashed potatoes?
- LulusMom Jan 2, 2013 07:16 AM
I realize this is a very goofy question, but I have some leftover mashers, and we're not going to have a chance to eat them in the next few days. Can I freeze them and then do something like make potato pancakes or something? Thanks in advance for any info.
What kind of potato did you make them with?
Starch potatoes hold up better than waxy potato mash. I tend to see a little water seperate out when reheating, but stirring them makes them as good as new.
You can get mashed potatoes frozen in TV dinners, so I assume that you can freeze them without any trouble.
Also, the real problem with freezing most vegetables is that the freezing breaks down the cell walls, turning them into mush. With mashed potatoes, the cell walls have already been broken down into mush, so freezing should not be a problem.
You've already rec'd some great advice LlM. In my experience, mashed potatoes w a higher fat content seem to freeze best.
For example, I make a mashed potato casserole that includes cream cheese and sour cream. I can make this ahead, freeze it and then defrost and bake w no ill effects. I've experimented by baking it off first, then freezing and for whatever reason, the casserole expels water/liquid when during the defrosting process when I do this.
I also mash potatoes w heavy cream for special meals and mr bc freezes individual size portions for his lunches. He says these reheat really well.
Actually redfish's remarks works for me. If you intend to make potatoe pancakes out of the mash, shape them into patties, lay them in the freezer to harden on a tray and then wrap and bag them in the deep freeze. When you're in the mood for pan fried patties, use a bit of olive oil and butter, s&p and they will taste freshly made.