(This post contains affiliate links) Idaho is famous for the potatoes we grow. Naturally we love to eat Idaho potatoes. Every year we plant a lot of potatoes in our garden. We eat them, give them to our kids, neighbors, and friends and it seems we still have an abundance to store. Since a root cellar is on our list to build hopefully in the near future, we can’t store our fresh potatoes very long. I have come up with a few different ways to store them long term.
For a few years, I tried different ways of making hash browns and trying to freeze them. A couple of years ago I finally figured out a way that works for me. So I would like to share this with you.
The first thing I do is bring the potatoes in and wash them really good. I put them on my big cookie sheets and put them into the oven to bake. I have a convection oven so I can bake three pans at a time. It doesn’t take long for me to bake a large batch. I try to put potatoes that are about the same size on each pan. If you can’t do this, no worries, you may just have to take them out of the oven as they get done.
Bake them in the oven
I don’t let them cook as long as you would a baked potato. I don’t want them cooked really soft all the way through. I stick them with a fork to test how done they are. When they are cooked just the way I want them I take them out to cool. You can put them in the refrigerator at this point for later or just leave them on your pan to cool. When I put them in the refrigerator and leave them for a day or 2 they actually grate up a little bit better.
After they have cooled I cut them in half and grate them. I use my Bosch Slicer Dicer. Grating the potatoes become a quick and easy job. I don’t peel them. It is ok if you have some of the skin in your hash browns and most of it doesn’t grate into the potatoes. After I have them grated I put them on my food dehydrator trays and let them dry, usually only overnight. The amount of time you dry them would depend on your food dehydrator.
Then I use my Food Saver and put them in bags and seal them up. Or you can put them into bottles. I use big bottles if I do this and I use those up first.
When I get ready to use the dehydrated hash browns I just rehydrate them in a bowl full of hot water and the number of potatoes I want to make. Remember they will make more than you think when they are rehydrated. I drain off the excess water and then I cook them.
Another option is to freeze them. I grate the potatoes up and put them on wax paper in a thin layer on my cookie sheets. I freeze them overnight and then put them into freezer bags. Then I pop them back into the freezer. They are ready to cook when I am. I just take what I need out of the bag. I put a few tablespoons of butter in my frying pan and add my hash browns.
What a treat for breakfast and we even like them for lunch and dinner.
This works great if you have a bag of potatoes you need to use up before they go bad. No sense in just throwing them away. Also all those extra baked potatoes you have left over from big dinners.
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