It’s the first thought in your head when you realize you’ve made too much: can you freeze potatoes? Yes, but there are a few things you need to know.
Freezing potatoes is possible, but it’s not always the best idea. We’ll show you how to freeze potatoes with as little damage as possible.
Can You Freeze Raw Potatoes?
Unfortunately, the answer here is no: raw potatoes are #2 on our list of foods that don’t belong in the freezer. At low temperatures, the natural starch found in potatoes turns into sugar, making the tubers unusually sweet. While this doesn’t make them inedible, it does ruin the taste. The freezer also destroys the cell structure of potatoes, causing them to become glassy and soggy.
Note: If your potatoes have already turned green, they are probably no longer fit to eat. Learn here how to tell when potatoes are bad.
Did You Know? Potato wraps are an effective natural remedy for colds and scratchy throats.
How to Freeze Cooked Potatoes
Unlike raw potatoes, you can freeze cooked potatoes. Peeled, whole, or in wedges, cooked potatoes can be thawed and used to make mashed potatoes or as an ingredient in soup. While this does work, freezing unavoidably changes the texture of potatoes, so it’s best to freeze them only when you really have no better option.
Wondering why store-bought frozen french fries or croquettes work in the freezer? The answer is because they are flash-frozen in industrial freezers.
The Saving Grace: There is one way to freeze potatoes that works better. If the potatoes are already prepared, for example as soup or mashed potatoes, the finished dishes can be frozen without damaging their texture or sacrificing flavor.
Tip: Cooking potatoes? Don’t throw the water away! Check out our article on how to use potato water.
Avoid Having to Freeze Potatoes
If you’re wondering whether or not you can freeze potatoes, chances are avoiding food waste is important to you. But while freezing potatoes is possible, it is not advisable. Luckily, there are other ways to keep raw potatoes fresher for longer. When stored in a cool, dark, and dry place, like a basement or cellar, potatoes can last for over a month.
Looking for more tips? Check out our article on how to store potatoes properly: Storing Potatoes: 8 Tips to Keep Them Fresh for Months
This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original version here: Kartoffeln einfrieren: Was dafür spricht und was dagegen** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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