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October 10th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Ok, I got an 80 lb bag of NICE looking potatoes for $6 at a tent sale at Hy-Vee... I'm going to be storing them in a big rubbermaid tub in the basement (cool, dark) but I'd like some ideas for things to make with potatoes that can be frozen! Can you freeze mashed potatoes? Other ideas?
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you can freeze mashed potatoes fine. You could also make pierogies (sp?) and freeze those... you can do different flavors of mashed potatoes, also. Try some garlic, some sour cream and chives, etc... they store in bags so they don't take tons of space, too.

You can also just braise some potatoes with onions and freeze those...

that's all I got...
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I've frozen mashed potates before, but that's about the only kind we make/eat.
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A Rubbermaid tub is probably a bad plan for potato storage in the long term. Something that is made of natural materal, and as such breathable, is probably better. Cardboard box, bushel baskets, etc will allow air in and out which prevents the ever scary mold problem that you'll get if you lock them up in a plastic box. Also, when putting them into the breathable container, layer them with newspaper ... like one layer of potatoes, one of newspaper, one of potatoes, one of newspaper. That helps keep the potatoes from cross germinating each other, absorbs some of the moisture in the short term until the paper dries out again, and keeps them nice and cozy. You can keep potatoes like that for a long, long, long time if they're in a cool (not cold) dark (not dank) place. HTH ...

Also, you can freeze just about any potato application, just don't cook the ones you're freezing all the way unless you want them to be mashed potatoes when they come out.
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You could also cut them into homemade french fries, make some potato chips, hash browns... Yeah, I'm not very creative in the kitchen. That's all I can think of.
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We slice potatoes thin and grill them all the time. You can add onions and seasonings. You could already have them ready for that. Just take them out and place in foil and grill or skillet.

Also get all the "dry" ingredients together for potato salad. Take it out and add the mayo/mustard.

Hash browns/small cubes are yummy too instead of store bought.

ETA: I just read on HWC that potatoes should be cooked before freezing them. They will turn black and brown if not slightly cooked.
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A Rubbermaid tub is probably a bad plan for potato storage in the long term. Something that is made of natural materal, and as such breathable, is probably better. Cardboard box, bushel baskets, etc will allow air in and out which prevents the ever scary mold problem that you'll get if you lock them up in a plastic box. Also, when putting them into the breathable container, layer them with newspaper ... like one layer of potatoes, one of newspaper, one of potatoes, one of newspaper. That helps keep the potatoes from cross germinating each other, absorbs some of the moisture in the short term until the paper dries out again, and keeps them nice and cozy. You can keep potatoes like that for a long, long, long time if they're in a cool (not cold) dark (not dank) place. HTH ...

Also, you can freeze just about any potato application, just don't cook the ones you're freezing all the way unless you want them to be mashed potatoes when they come out.[/b]
For some reason I was thinking about this today. I agree about not using a rubbermaid container. I was thinking that the potatoes have some moisture in them and will probably mold/go rotten if kept in a sealed container. Ever notice that potato bags have small holes in them?
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Good point .... I was thinking because our basement has dirt floors/walls ...that I'd be keeping moisture out ... but maybe I need to find a new place for them


Great ideas ladies (or ideals ....as I noticed I typed in the subject line ) .... many are foods we already eat and I hadn't thought of doing some of it and freezing them too! YAY
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