Freezing Mashed Potatoes

freezing mashed potatoes Maybe you have never thought about freezing mashed potatoes, but it really does make a lot of sense especially if you are working.

How great would it be to come in from work, when you are starving, and be able to have your favourite meat course with hot creamy mashed potatoes without having to cook them?

Back in history, people used to think the potato was bland and tasteless and therefore only fit for the poor. They also thought that there was something evil about them as they grew under the ground. However, slowly but surely, the potato has gained world wide recognition with over 400 different varieties to choose from today.

Recommended for cooking

The Golden Wonder, Maris Piper, King Edward, and Pentland Dell are all good potatoes for mashing.

Freezing mashed potatoes is easy. The hardest part is in the cooking. To cook boiled potatoes click here. Mash the potatoes once they are cooked and soft, adding a little milk and butter and salt and pepper according to taste. At one time people thought the potato was fattening but as long as they are part of a calorie controlled diet they are a vital carbohydrate our bodies need. They provide vitamin C and fibre and also some potassium, iron and vitamin B. Peel the potato using a vegetable peeler so you don't lose some of the goodness.

Preparation for freezing mashed potatoes

Take a baking tray and line it with greaseproof paper. Now scoop up some mashed potato and place on the baking tray. An ice cream scoop is ideal for this. Once the baking tray is full of potato scoops, pop it into the freezer for 24 hours.

After the potato scoops have frozen remove them from the freezer. Take a few freezer bags and pop 2-4 potato scoops into every bag. Pop as many scoops into one bag as you will use at meal times. Put the freezer bags full of scoops into the freezer until needed. When you are ready to use your mashed potato, remove them from the freezer and allow them to sit in the fridge overnight or for at least 8 hours. Heat them using the microwave or put them into a pan and cook, adding a little more milk if necessary.

A few cooking ideas :

Mashed potatoes are lovely if you bake them in the oven until they are hot and browned on top. This way they have a slightly crunchy top and a tasty soft inside. Another idea is to add some baked beans to your mashed potatoes and bake in the oven or microwave until they are hot. Why not sprinkle a little cheese over the top of your hot mashed potatoes and brown under the grill for a few minutes.

Go ahead and be successful: freezing mashed potatoes for meals - without fuss.

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