A large potato crop cannot be processed immediately. In addition to normal storage, many hobby gardeners and cooks wonder whether potatoes can also be frozen. We tell you.
After the potato harvest, you can store potatoes for several weeks and even a few months. So after a rich harvest, you don't have to be afraid that the potatoes will spoil you. It is only important that you store the tubers optimally. (Reading tip: storing potatoes - 5 tips for correct storage)
In the kitchen, too, the question often arises as to whether leftover potatoes can simply be frozen. After all, it is a shame to just throw the remaining potatoes in the trash from midday or put them in front of the pet. Even if this is certainly happy. Now what happens to the potatoes?
Freeze potatoes: yes or no?
Do not freeze raw potatoes
If you absolutely want to freeze potatoes, then you should never do this when raw. The tubers contain a lot of starch and under the influence of cold this is converted into sugar. The potatoes have a very sweet taste that few people like. This is not harmful to health, but afterwards they simply no longer have the typical taste of a potato.
Another reason that speaks against the freezing of raw potatoes is the change in cell structure during freezing. If you later thaw the potatoes again for processing, they are glassy and quickly become mushy. French fries and croquettes are frozen even when they are raw, but this is a so-called shock freeze, which requires special equipment. This type of freezing is not possible with a freezer like the one we have at home.
Freeze potatoes only in an emergency
Basically, it can be said that potatoes are not among the types of vegetables that are wonderfully suitable for freezing. You must keep them in the freezer and then only after cooking.
The tubers are peeled first and then cooked, but not too soft. Now you have to let them cool completely. Only then cut the potatoes into slices or pieces and pour them into a freezer bag or container.
Mashed potatoes are not well suited for storage in the freezer because their taste and consistency can change significantly. You can get the puree supple again with a little oil, but it doesn't taste as good as when freshly prepared.
" Tip: You can use the frozen potatoes especially for the preparation of gratins, casseroles or soups.