Potatoes are one of those staple foods that it’s hard to imagine not having on your plate. Versatile, they can be cooked and eaten in so many ways so it is no wonder you might be asking, can you freeze potatoes?
The easy answer to this question is yes! Potatoes can be frozen in all kinds of ways, ready for you to just heat up and use however you best like them. Prepared and cooked potatoes are so handy to have in the freezer that you will wonder why you haven’t always had a batch of ready to heat up potatoes to add to any meal.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing potatoes:
How To Freeze Potatoes
You can freeze potatoes in so many ways and how you prep, cook and freeze them is entirely down to how you prefer to eat your potatoes.
So let’s start with how to freeze potatoes in the simplest way possible. Then we can get onto how to freeze potatoes in different ways.
The first thing to be aware of is that potatoes shouldn’t be frozen raw. These veggies have a high water content which makes them unsuitable for freezing in their raw state because of the crystals that form in the water as it freezes. But don’t worry, you can get around this by part cooking or fully cooking your potatoes.
The second thing to make sure you take into account is that for successful freezing the potatoes should be as fresh as possible. Old potatoes might go mushy when being frozen.
- To start with you need to clean and prep your potatoes. So wash them in cool water and scrub any dirt and skin off them.
- Peel and prep your potatoes however you best like them. If you prefer the skin on then great if you prefer peeled, now is the time to do it.
- Cut out any bad patches of the potato.
- Rinse your potatoes in cold water to get rid of any excess starch.
- Cut your potatoes to their desired size.
- Next, it’s time to cook your potatoes. Choose how you prefer to cook them and follow your usual recipe. Potatoes can be boiled, blanched, baked, roasted or even fried.
- If you are only part-cooking them you will need to blanch the potatoes before freezing. To do this you need to grab a pan of water and start it boiling.
- While the water is getting hot grab a bowl and fill it with ice water. You need this bowl to be close to the stove.
- Pop your potatoes into a metal colander. When the water is boiling lower the colander into the boiling water and allow them to cook for a few minutes.
- Take the boiling potatoes out of the boiling water and immediately submerge them in the ice water.
- Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool completely.
- Put the cooled potatoes into freezer bags. The best way to do this is to put a portion into each bag. This way, when it comes to using the potatoes they are already portioned out and easy to grab.
- Label the freezer bags with the date and put them in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?
Not only can you freeze mashed potatoes but this is one of the best ways to freeze them! All you need to do is cook your potatoes as you normally would. Next season and mash your potatoes with plenty of butter Pop your mashed potato into freezer bags then label and put them in the freezer.
This is such an easy process and frozen mash is super easy to defrost and use too! When you want to eat your potatoes just grab them out of the freezer, empty the potatoes into a microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave and cook! You need to stir the potatoes every now and then and heat until they have defrosted and are piping hot throughout.
Can You Freeze Sweet Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes can be frozen in the same way that any other potato can be. Choose how you cook the sweet potatoes and then allow them to cool and freeze using the same method outlined above. Perfect if you have an abundance of sweet potatoes to store. If you want in-depth advice then we’ve written a guide to freezing sweet potatoes.
Can You Freeze Raw Potatoes?
Raw potatoes have a very high water content and this means that you shouldn’t freeze them raw. The water in them crystalises while being frozen and then when this is thawed it leaves the potatoes mushy and often unusable.
If you don’t want to fully cook your potatoes before freezing then you at least need to parboil or blanch them. The method of doing this is mentioned above but just to refresh your memory, you need to boil your potatoes for a few minutes and then remove them from the boiling water and immediately submerge them in iced water to stop the cooking process.
Once you have done this then you should be able to freeze the potatoes with no problems at all.
Can You Freeze Roast Potatoes?
Roast potatoes can be frozen and they freeze really well! Perfect if you have leftovers or you are a fan of the traditional roastie with your main meal but don’t like the hassle that goes with cooking roast potatoes.
All you need to do is cook up your potatoes how you normally would using your favourite methods and seasoning. Then do the following.
- Allow the roast potatoes to cool completely.
- Pop them into a freezer bag and label it with the date.
- Put the bag of roasties into the freezer for half an hour or so.
- After thirty minutes to an hour grab the bag of roast potatoes and give it a little shake. This will help to separate out the potatoes and stop them from sticking together too badly.
- Put the bag back into the freezer and let them freeze completely.
- You should be able to grab the number of potatoes you want and keep the rest frozen.
How Long Can You Freeze Potatoes?
Cooked and frozen potatoes can be kept in the freezer for up to twelve months! This is ideal for gardeners with an overabundance of potatoes or for anyone who finds they have a lot of leftover potatoes!
You could even buy a big bag of potatoes and cook them using all your favourite methods just so you can freeze them for easy and quick meals at a later date. Perfect for anyone who loves to batch cook their meals.
You Can Freeze Potatoes for Around 12 Months
How Do You Defrost Potatoes?
In most cases, you can cook and heat up potatoes that have been pre-cooked right from frozen. Whether this is baked, fried, roasted or boiled potatoes. Just pop them into the oven and cook as you normally would. You will need to adjust your cooking times because it will take a little longer than usual to cook.
Mashed potatoes can be defrosted and heated up in the microwave – super simple!
If you do want to defrost your potatoes because they have only been blanched or because you prefer to cook them this way then you can just take them out of the freezer and put the bag in the fridge to defrost overnight.
If you forget to take the potatoes out of the freezer the night before then you can speed up this process a little by putting a portion of frozen potatoes into a bowl and leave them on the kitchen side to defrost at room temperature. How fast this is will depend on the temperature of the room but you should have thawed out potatoes in about an hour.
Can You Refreeze Potatoes?
Potatoes shouldn’t be frozen more than once. Freezing always has an effect on food and the texture is often the first thing to change. Sometimes the taste of the food can change too and it could even spoil. Once you have thawed out the potatoes you should be using them within 24 hours to avoid them going bad.
Do Potatoes Freeze Well?
Cooked potatoes do freeze very well. Potatoes often freeze so well that you wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between fresh and frozen versions. However, you should always expect there to be minimal changes in texture but it shouldn’t be enough to make a difference to your enjoyment of your food.
Some types of cooked potatoes freeze better than others. A great example of this is mashed potatoes. These freeze well and they might even be a little creamier in texture once they have been frozen.
However, raw potatoes do not freeze well and it isn’t recommended to try. The potatoes are likely to become too mushy to be edible. To avoid this you should at the very least parboil or blanch your potatoes before freezing.
Other Questions about Potatoes
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to potatoes – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about potatoes then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Potato Salad?
Generally, potato salads have a mayo-based dressing to make it creamy. This is where you’ll have a problem when freezing potato salad. The dressing will often split causing it to become grainy and separated. This is not what you want. Instead, we would recommend just freezing potatoes on their own using the method on this page before dressing it fresh on the day you want to eat it.
Can You Freeze Potatoes for Chips?
You certainly can. Prepare your chips as you normally would, cutting them into batons. Place into a large pot, then cover with cold water. Bring the water to the boil then boil the chips for 5 minutes. Drain them – be careful as they will be a little delicate now. Give them time to steam dry then spread out on a baking tray. Flash freeze the chips on the tray. Once frozen solid, you can tip them into a freezer bag to freeze for the long term.
When you’re ready to eat them, grab a handful and deep fry as you normally would – straight from the freezer.