Bulk Cooking Potatoes

Potatoes are low in saturated fat, cholestero,l and sodium, as well as a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. They also go on sale frequently and are a great grocery budget stretcher. Last week when I found potatoes on sale at Safeway for $2 for 10 pounds, I stocked up!

I had not had any trouble freezing potatoes. If I know I am going to freeze mashed potatoes I make them a little firmer than normal since frozen mashed potatoes can be a runny. I reheat, add a little milk and they taste great!

When it was time to process the potatoes I did it in two steps. The first day I peeled most of the potatoes. I kept some aside for loaded baked potatoes, grilled potatoes, and potato skins, but I peeled the rest. I stored the potatoes in the fridge overnight in a bowl of water. I was a little worried the potatoes would turn brown but they didn’t.

grilled potatoes

The next day I made:

Jen’s Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Laura’s Frozen Hashbrowns (seriously these are so good and easy!)

Cooked Potatoes and Broth for Mel’s Potato Soup

Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet Potatoes

Basic Mashed Potatoes (these were frozen in quart sized bags to use in Bee Rocks and Potato Pancakes)

Baked Potato Chips (Total fail- maybe next time I should consult a recipe before I try it!)

By the end of the afternoon I was totally sick of potatoes, but I was pleased with how much food I made for $4 plus extra ingredients. Any potato sickness I had disappeared when I tasted Laura’s hashbrowns. I always thought hashbrowns were difficult to make- wrong! These were so easy and really delicious!

Thanks so much for your potato suggestions a few weeks back. I now have potato recipes to last me through my next bulk potato purchase.

Comments

  1. That’s a lot of potato ideas! I would not have thought of freezing the recipes.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fantastic ideas – we get lots of potatoes in bulk through our co-op but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do. I’m all about freezing as much as possible (saves work later right?) – and with our crew of 9 I’m always glad for tips like this. Thanks!!!

  3. Very cool! I love potatoes, but never thought of freezing them!

  4. A day without potatoes is like a day without sunshine!

  5. Thanks for linking to my hashbrowns Toni!

  6. You may be tired of potatoes, but everything you made looks great! Especially the crinkle cut fries.

  7. Great Post!
    Thanks for all the awesome ideas!
    I planted 4 large buckets of potatoes this year and was needing ideas to use that many potatoes before they went bad! Problem solved!

    Many Thanks,
    Georgiann

  8. Potato ideas are great, but I just realized I’m still dying to know what happened with West VA? I assume you moved there with your long haired hippie-turned-navy officer hubby, what happened next?

  9. Did you freeze your skillet potatoes? If so, did you do it before or after you cooked the potatoes?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I did not freeze my skillet potatoes. If I was going to freeze them I would probably slice them and then freeze them. I wouldn’t cook them until I was ready to eat. But I haven’t tried it.

  10. Thank you for this post! I have to try the hashbrowns…
    Found this post through Mandi’s Saturday Stumbles meme. 🙂
    Alicia

  11. Thanks for all the potato ideas!! I’m always running out of ideas.

    Hanan
    http://lilaccitymomma.blogspot.com/

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