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Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 01:56 PM

For some reason I have ended up with about 15 pounds of potatoes and there are only two of us that live here. I have 5 lbs of medium sized red potatoes, about 4 lbs of yellow potatoes, and 6 lbs of fingerling and assorted new potatoes.

I know i can make gnocchi, latkes, bread and various potato side dishes, etc. But those are things to make and eat right away. Aside from soup (there is a pot of potato leek soup on the stove right now). What other things can I make and freeze? Has anybody tried pre-cooking either by boiling or baking and then freezing so they can be used as home fries, gnocchi, bread, etc.at a later date?

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  1. coll RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 01:58 PM

    They don't freeze well, not that you can't. But with St Paddys Day around the corner, how about some Shepherds Pie? I usually need at least 8 big potatoes to make a decent topping.

    If I was going to make something and freeze, it would probably be hash browns, to save for future frittatas.

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      masha RE: coll Mar 10, 2014 02:01 PM

      Similar to hash browns, latkes freeze fine.

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        coll RE: masha Mar 10, 2014 03:34 PM

        Anything overcooked in oil, basically.

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        magiesmom RE: coll Mar 10, 2014 06:40 PM

        Latkes freeze well also

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          coll RE: magiesmom Mar 10, 2014 06:54 PM

          Anything with lots of oil. (Just to reiterate, ha.)

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        treb RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 02:07 PM

        Cut in to fries and freeze. Then when the mood hits, thaw and fry up a batch.

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          4Snisl RE: treb Mar 10, 2014 02:57 PM

          Yes! I've been meaning to give this recipe for homemade frozen fries a try. http://mobile.seriouseats.com/recipes...

          Gnocchi is allegedly supposed to freeze well too, I believe?

        2. simplelife RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 04:45 PM

          when i get an idea to make some hash for brunch on a lazy Sunday, i usually am too lazy to make hash. i would peel some and boil them off and freeze them. pop them in the fridge on a Saturday night and have some nice potato hash with mushrooms. mmmm i might just do that this weekend.

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            Raffles RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 05:22 PM

            Cool, dark and dry storage, they hold for a long time...

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              Springhaze2 RE: Raffles Mar 11, 2014 06:44 AM

              We live in North Carolina and it is already getting warm and humid. The fact that I don't have a cool, dark, dry place is a problem.

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                MidwesternerTT RE: Springhaze2 Mar 11, 2014 07:59 AM

                Your refrigerator veggie drawer, with drawer humidity control set to low, will keep potatoes a long time. Of course you have to be willing to take up the entire drawer with potatoes, but with my limited freezer space this solution is better for our 2-person household.

            2. monavano RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 05:26 PM

              Spanish tortilla.

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                tcamp RE: monavano Mar 11, 2014 08:19 AM

                Good idea. I love to make a few of these at a time and freeze in individual servings for lunch.

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                Querencia RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 06:49 PM

                I know that some people don't like frozen potato but I don't mind if they are mashed and find it VERY convenient to have meal-size portions of mashed potato in the freezer because I can't stand that chemical-laden prepared mashed potato that is now popular in stores. In other words, when I have surplus potatoes I just make mashed potatoes and freeze them.

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                  Springhaze2 RE: Querencia Mar 11, 2014 06:43 AM

                  Definitely going to make up some mashed potatoes to freeze. I never use the prepared mashed potatoes.

                2. TorontoJo RE: Springhaze2 Mar 10, 2014 07:03 PM

                  This awesome thread on hash brown potatoes actually recommends freezing par-boiled potatoes for the best result. So you could do the parboiling, then freeze until you're ready to shred and make hash browns:

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776865

                  Or parboil, shred, then freeze the shredded potatoes.

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                    Springhaze2 RE: TorontoJo Mar 11, 2014 06:42 AM

                    Thanks for the link TorontoJo! I didn't know if potatoes would hold up after parboiling and freezing to make into hash browns.

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                      tcamp RE: TorontoJo Mar 11, 2014 08:20 AM

                      I did this a few years ago and found the frozen shreds really useful to have on hand. Except for the time DH confused shredded potatoes with shredded mozzarella cheese......

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                        TorontoJo RE: tcamp Mar 11, 2014 08:46 AM

                        That must have made for an interesting lasagna or pizza! :)

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                          tcamp RE: TorontoJo Mar 11, 2014 09:21 AM

                          "Damn it, why isn't this cheese melting?" said DH as he opened the oven to check on status of pizza.

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                      bustlingswan RE: Springhaze2 Mar 11, 2014 07:18 AM

                      I have frozen homemade gnocchi before with success! i laid them out on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer until frozen and then stored them in a bag.

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