How to Freeze Homemade Hash Browns

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)

Shriveling Red Potatoes

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

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.

Peeled Potatoes

  • Quarter potatoes as you put them in the Vitamix filling to the 4 cup mark.

Quartered Potato

  • Fill the Vitamix with cold water to the 6 cup mark.

Vitamix Hash Browns

  • Set to variable 5 and turn on for 10 seconds using the tamper.

Vitamix Hash Browns

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!

Drain 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.

Blanching Hash Browns

  • Drain hash browns and immediately put in ice cold water for 10 minutes.

Blanching Hash Browns

  • Drain well and press any excess liquid out.

Drain Hash Browns

  • Spread out on towel or paper towels to dry. Press paper towels over the top to absorb excess moisture.

Hash Browns

  • Spoon into freezer bags and lay flat in freezer for easy stacking!

Hash Browns in Freezer Bag

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?

Black Hash Browns

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10 comments… add one
  • Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter Oct 17, 2014, 4:14 am

    I love homemade hashbrowns! And potatoes in any form really. I’ve never tried to freeze them though….I’m slowly getting comfortable with freezing more vegetables. We have a CSA and some weeks it is just too hard to use everything up before it goes bad.

    • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 18, 2014, 8:46 pm

      Aren’t potatoes the best?! I could eat them for every meal, every day;0) I’m not sure what CSA is but it must be something like Bountiful Baskets where you pre-order and then pick up a box full of fruit and veggies?! We have never done it but I can see how it might be hard to use everything up. We are super glad we invested in an extra freezer a few years back! It’s such a great way to preserve and save money!!!

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer Oct 19, 2014, 6:59 am

    I had no idea the vitamix could be used for this – thanks, Jayleen!!

    • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 19, 2014, 9:23 am

      The Vitamix is amazing and can be used for so many different things! We are going to try ice cream next!!!

  • Candace Oct 19, 2014, 11:59 am

    Thanks for all the pics, I’m a visual learner too. That’s the first I’ve heard of blanching, and it’s crazy how much of a difference you noticed after only 2 days without doing it! Pinning this for later 🙂

    • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 19, 2014, 12:57 pm

      The difference between blanching and not was crazy! Needless to say, I threw away the black hash browns;0) Thank you for stopping by Candace!

  • Alexis Oct 20, 2014, 9:24 am

    WOw this is an awesome recipe!

    I love anything with potatoes. I’m actually more into sweet potatoes though. I make all kinds of fries at home.

  • Michelle Oct 20, 2014, 9:30 am

    YUMMM! I definitely plan on making this soon 🙂 I love potatoes and anything I can make with them.

  • Allison Oct 23, 2014, 2:12 am

    Wow, this is a great idea! Potatoes are so affordable! And hash browns are amazing!
    Thanks!!!

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