Just about three weeks ago we purchased two boxes of potatoes for a steal of a deal. We thought we could keep them cool enough to last until every last one was consumed. Unfortunately … it didn’t happen. The potatoes started shriveling and we had to act fast!
I started making potatoes every way I knew how. I even made the kids homemade french fries … they loved them! Better than McDonald’s any day!
Let me just ask you though … have you ever had homemade hash browns?! Oh. My. Goodness. You will never want store bought again! Hands down. No joking! Pure yumminess! They are a Sunday morning tradition around these parts!
Warning: This post contains thousands upon thousands of pictures. I’m a visual learner and thought someone else out there just might be too;0)
Vitamix to the rescue! Can I just say, I LOVE our Vitamix?!!! Ya … we had no business spending money on it but. we. did. so I’m gonna enjoy it!
How To Freeze Homemade Hash Browns:
- Start a big pot of water to boil.
- Peel potatoes and place in a bowl of water until it is time to use them.
- Quarter potatoes as you put them in the Vitamix filling to the 4 cup mark.
- Fill the Vitamix with cold water to the 6 cup mark.
- Set to variable 5 and turn on for 10 seconds using the tamper.
If you do not have a Vitamix, simply shred your potatoes using a cheese grater … I feel really sorry for you … be careful with that grater! It isn’t really all that bad … we still use the cheese grater sometimes;0)
- Drain. Voila! You now have chunky style hash browns!
- But wait! You’re not done yet. Unless, of course, you are ready to eat them now. If so, go ahead and cook that yumminess up! If not, blanch for three minutes in a pot of boiling water.
Blanching is done by briefly cooking the food in boiling water and then immersing into ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Blanching brings out the color in vegetables and helps to maintain their nutritional value by decreasing the enzyme activity that reduces the flavor and texture of food.
- Drain hash browns and immediately put in ice cold water for 10 minutes.
- Drain well and press any excess liquid out.
- Spread out on towel or paper towels to dry. Press paper towels over the top to absorb excess moisture.
- Spoon into freezer bags and lay flat in freezer for easy stacking!
Don’t think blanching is necessary?! Neither did the hubster so I tried it his way … rinsed, let dry, put in a freezer bag. This is what they look like two days later. GROSS! Anyone hungry for black hash browns?
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