Stop wasting your money on frozen potato products! Learn how to freeze potatoes at home and make your own french fries, hash browns and more for less than half the price!
I grew potatoes!
Holy cow, how awesome is that?
I’ve never grown potatoes before.
Well, that’s not entirely true…but the one time I tried growing potatoes in a bag, I harvested 2 tiny little baby potatoes.
Sad story, my friends!
But, this time! This time…I’ve been able to harvest about 5 pounds worth of potatoes, so far and there’s still a few plants that aren’t ready for digging, yet!
Yeah, in case you can’t tell, I’m rather excited about my ‘tatoes!
Around here, our favorite potatoes are Yukon Gold and they’re expensive.
Like $6 or $7 for a 5 pound bag!
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Don’t like Yukon gold?
Early in the spring, I splurged on a 10 pound bag and saved a few for seed.
Honestly, I didn’t expect them to grow when we planted them, but they did.
And now I have all these cute, little yellow baby potatoes!
But, here’s the thing…I also saved a few white potatoes for seed and I have a whole bunch of tiny, little white potatoes, too!
So, what do you do when you have an excess of potatoes that you didn’t expect to have?
You freeze them, of course!
My little harvest of yellow and white potatoes yielded us 2 gallon size bags of mixed diced potatoes for winter. Which will make about 4 to 5 warm and comforting side dishes on cold snowy nights.
I mean I paid for the initial start potatoes and propane to boil the water…but otherwise, free darn it!
Don’t burst my bubble.
It’s not hard to learn how to freeze potatoes and before you know it, you’ll be doing it like a professional, too!
Below, I’ve broken down the simple steps for you. It’s really easy to freeze your own potatoes at home – so don’t stress! The worst of it is dicing the potatoes…just like any other potato job.
So, come on – let’s head into the kitchen and start making some potatoes for the freezer!
- Large stockpot
- Potatoes (homegrown or store-bought)
- Salt (optional)
- Large baking sheet
- Gallon zipper bag(s)
- Wash the potatoes and remove any eyes, stems or bad spots using a sharp knife.
- Dice potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks.
- Place the diced potatoes into a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Add salt, if desired (the amount will depend on you and your family’s taste buds).
- Heat on high temperature until boiling. Allow the potatoes to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Pour potatoes into a strainer or colander and immediately rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Continue rinsing until the potatoes are no longer steaming. Drain.
- Spread diced potatoes onto a large baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour to fast freeze.
- Scoop frozen potatoes into gallon zipper bags and return to the freezer.
Doesn’t it feel so good to prepare your own food? To know where it came from and how it was grown?
I know I prefer it and that’s why I keep trying to grow my garden, year after year. Even if only a little bit grows, it’s better than nothing!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to freeze potatoes at home – now that you’ve learned the basics, you can make all kinds of frozen potatoes, including french fries, scalloped potato slices and even hash browns!
All you need to do is follow the steps above, but change the way you cut the potatoes based on what you are making.
Making French Fries? Cut the potatoes in long, thin slices or use a french fry cutter.
Why Not Scalloped Potatoes? Cut them into thin wide circles using a sharp knife or use the slicing blade on your food processor.
Need some potato recipes? Try these…
Looking for more recipes for the freezer? Here’s my favorites…
- Homemade Freezer Biscuits from Scratch
- Make Your Own Individual Cheese Pizza for the Freezer
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets for the Freezer
- Freezing Green Beans: Step By Step Instructions
Have an Awesome Day!
Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.