My family loves hashbrowns. Frozen, fresh, cubed or shredded. Then I thought that I could try make my own hashbrowns and freeze them for later for just a little under $0.30/lb. I have heard that freezing raw potatoes and fully cooked potatoes are a disaster (either they go black or become a watery mess once thawed). So after read I countless sites on freezing hashbrowns, I tried to parboil my batch and see how it goes. It has something to do with disabling the enzymes from the brief cooking.
I got a big pot of water on the stove and let that come to a boil. While the water was heating up, I got the potatoes.
Other sites I have seen, they have shredded it by hand or food processor. I got a little lazy. I didn't feel like washing a dirty food processor, so I just peeled the potatoes and chopped them up in chunks. It was nice and mindless. Cleanup was also a breeze: wash knife, cutting board and clean up the peels.
After chopping up the potatoes, I put them in a bowl of water to keep them nice and white. I rinsed off the starches and put the potatoes for 3 minutes only in the boiling water. They were partially cooked.
Fished them out, rinsed them in cold water and placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Blotted dry with paper and threw them in the deep freezer, just like you would freeze blueberries.
Now that they are frozen, I simply placed them in a big ziplock freezer bag to be enjoyed at anytime! I dont' have to worry about my potatoes going soft, green, sprouting or moldy! Ha! Saving money feels good. Now I have my frozen hashbrowns for $0.29/lb! (minus the labour, but it's easy mindless work).
Here's a recap:
- Boil big pot of water
- Peel and cut potatoes to your liking and immerse in cold water
- Rinse potatoes and boil in water for 3 minutes
- Drain potatoes, rinse starches off in cold water
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet, blot dry with paper towels
- Once frozen, place in freezer bags. They should keep for a few months, if they aren't eaten up already!
- Adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Tips/Potatoes/Freezing-Potatoes-for-Hash-Browns