Got potatoes and want to preserve them? Here’s how to freeze potatoes to extend the life of this hearty root vegetable.

How to Freeze Potatoes

Got more potatoes than you need? Potatoes are generally easy to use up, since they have a longer shelf life than most vegetables. But if you’ve got too many on hand, a great way to preserve their life? Pop them in the freezer! The texture of potatoes holds up while frozen so you can reuse them in wedges, fries, potato soup, mashed potatoes, and more.

How to freeze potatoes

The first step to how to freeze potatoes? Parboiling. Parboiling boiling a food until it’s just tender but not cooked all the way through. This technique is used when the food is cooked all the way through in a different way later (for example, parboiling potatoes before grilling). Potatoes contain a lot of water, so it’s important to parboil them before freezing so they don’t end up mushy or grainy. Here’s how to freeze potatoes:

  1. Cut the potatoes: peel and dice them, cut them into fries, cut them into wedges, or use whatever cut you plan to use after freezing.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the potatoes and parboil them for 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes into a strainer, then run cold water on them until they are cool to the touch. Pat the potatoes dry.
  4. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze the tray for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a sealable freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. If you’re making Homemade Baked Fries, you can skip the soaking step and proceed right to seasoning the fries (cook them directly from frozen and add a few minutes to the bake time as necessary until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside).

Not sure how you’re planning to use the potatoes after you freeze them? Go for peeled and diced, which is the most versatile cut.

How to freeze potatoes

Ways to use frozen potatoes

Frozen potatoes work well in many different recipes. Keep in mind you may need to cook the potatoes slightly less than the recipe indicates, since the parboiling process shortcuts a few minutes of cook time. Here are some potato recipes that work well with frozen potatoes:

How to Freeze Potatoes

More freezing methods

Want to freeze more fruits and vegetables? Here are a few more methods for preserving fresh food and reducing food waste:

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How to Freeze Potatoes

How to Freeze Potatoes


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Description

Got potatoes and want to preserve them? Here’s how to freeze potatoes to extend the life of this hearty root vegetable.


Ingredients

  • Potatoes

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes: peel and dice them, cut them into fries, cut them into wedges, or use whatever cut you plan to use after freezing.*
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the potatoes and parboil them for 3 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes into a strainer, then run cold water on them until they are cool to the touch. Pat the potatoes dry.
  4. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze the tray for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a sealable freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  6. If you’re making Homemade Baked Fries, you can skip the soaking step and proceed right to seasoning the fries (cook them directly from frozen and add a few minutes to the bake time as necessary until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside).

Notes

*Not sure how you’re planning to use the potatoes after you freeze them? Go for peeled and diced, which is the most versatile cut. It works for pan fried, soups, mashed potatoes and more.

  • Category: N/A
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: How to freeze potatoes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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