We have all done it. We’ve purchased a bag of potatoes and when you went to grab some for supper found them mushy and just not appealing. Don’t throw them out! Use them instead to make some homemade hash browns for in your freezer.
Sometimes you just don’t get around to using up everything before it goes bad. I’m the queen of finding bad potatoes in the cellar. They just don’t seem to last as long as I want them to.
But they do not have to go to waste!
Preserving them in a different way into something else that I use on a regular basis works just as wonderfully!
Grab up all those questionable potatoes. Scrub them as you typically would to cook them.
At this point, you can peel them if you so desire. Todd and I both love the skins so I don’t bother. Most of the nutrition and fiber is in the skin, so why throw it out??
Lay out your potatoes on your cutting board. I then quarter them.
If you have a few really big ones, feel free to cut again to keep them uniform. It’s really not necessary, but do whatever makes you happy.
Throw your quartered potatoes into a pot of salted water. Bring these to a boil uncovered over high heat.
Once the water boils, reduce heat and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Immediately drain and rinse with cool water.
In a covered bowl, place cooked potatoes and cover with new cold water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or longer). I’ve forgotten about these for a few days before and it still works out the way I want it to.
Soaking your potatoes pulls the starches out that continue the tuber ripening. This is what causes your potatoes to get black when you freeze them without these steps.
Shred or Dice?
Here is where you get to play around a little bit depending on your family. We prefer shredded hash browns. Todd thinks that they crisp up way better when they are shredded. So that is what I do.
Anything to keep him happy, you know?
I drain and rinse the potatoes again, to get all of the starch off of the surface.
I then grab a bowl and my box grater and start shredding.
Once I have all my potatoes shredded, I pat them with a paper towel to get as much of the water off as I can. I then place them in my labeled gallon freezer bag and press out gently as much air as I can. If I happen to have the vacuum sealer out for another reason, I’ll use it. If not, the freezer bag works just as well. I then toss them in the freezer (laying flat) and forget about them until we need them.
This last batch of hash browns I made, I decided to try to dehydrate some and see how these work out down the road. I will definitely update with instructions and how they turned out when we decide to get brave enough to try!