Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Frozen Potatoes

Frozen Potatoes are expensive. This week at Albertsons they are "on sale" for $2.33 for a 16-32 oz bag. That is not a sale! Even if you got the larger bag you're still spending $1.17 per pound.

The cheapest I've ever found frozen potatoes is 50 cents a pound. That's a sale! I buy as many as I can. Tater Tots, hash browns, french fries; my freezer is full of them.

Fresh Potatoes are cheap. This week Saar's has a coupon for 15 lbs of potatoes for only $1.99. It's not the best price I've ever seen on potatoes but it is very good. It comes to 13 cents per pound!

So I was thinking, "can I freeze my own potatoes?". "Yes I can". It is just 3 easy steps. If you're interested in trying it too you will need the following materials: Potatoes, water, large pot (preferably with a strainer insert), ice or very cold water, large freezer bags. Here are your steps:
  1. Prep your potatoes. Peel them and cut into the desired shape. Use a crinkle cutter to make fun french fries. Slice them in rounds to prep them for scalloped potatoes, cube them for hash browns. Do them in several different ways if you want.
  2. Blanch your potatoes. Blanching vegetables in boiling water is a must for almost all vegetables being frozen. It stops enzyme actions which cause loss of flavor, color and texture. It also cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. Fill your pot 1/2 to 2/3 full of water and bring to a boil. Add a little salt if you like but it is not necessary. When the water is to a rolling boil add your prepared potatoes. When the water begins to boil again (unless you've added too many potatoes it will be within one minute) set your timer for 2-3 minutes (2 minutes for cubed hash browns - 3 minutes for quartered potatoes). When timer rings remove potatoes from boiling water and submerge in ice water for up to 10 minutes to stop the cooking. Drain the potatoes.
  3. Pack your potatoes. Place them into your freezer bags and remove as much air from the bag as you can as you seal. Toss them in the freezer.
If you don't plan of using all the potatoes in one bag at the same time you may want to freeze the potatoes individually before tossing them in the bag. To do this you will need a few cookie sheets and room in the freezer for the cookie sheets to lay flat. Just spread the blanched, cooled and drained potatoes on the cookie sheet evenly in one layer and place in the freezer for about an hour. Remove the potatoes from the cookie sheet, place in freezer bag, seal, and toss in the freezer.

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