Boiled potatoes are one of my daughter’s all-time most requested foods. She just loves boiled potatoes and truth be told, so do I. Soft, warm, salty and buttery, they’re just delicious.
Boiled potatoes will last about a week in the refrigerator, but I honestly like them used up before that. So what happens when even my family can’t eat up all the potatoes I boiled or I simply over bought at the supermarket and don’t’ want to waste all though spuds?
Can You Freeze Boiled Potatoes?
Freezing boiled potatoes is a great way to prevent wasting extra potatoes. The texture will be somewhat different so I use my thawed boiled potatoes in different ways. They make great mashed potatoes in record time because the cooking is already done. Potato pancakes are always a hit, or use in soups as a thickener or the base for creamy potato soups.
How To Freeze Boiled Potatoes
In general, I think that the thawed boiled potatoes are more versatile if they do not have their skin on. Also, certain varieties are more freezer-hardy than others. Waxy versions like white, yellow, and red potatoes hold up very well in the freezer. So…
- Clean and peel the potatoes.
- Cut them into smaller pieces if desired.
- Place in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil.
- When the potatoes are just barely fork tender, drain and let cool to room temperature.
- Place the boiled potatoes in freezer bags or containers removing as much air as possible, label and pop in the freezer.
I try to think about how I will use the potatoes once they are thawed. For instance, if I’m planning to make mashed potatoes for thanksgiving, I can bag up a good portion together. However, if I’m not sure how I will be using them, I will package them up in smaller amounts since once they are thawed you should not re-freeze them. The boiled potatoes will last up to 12 months in the freezer.
How To Thaw Boiled Potatoes
To thaw the potatoes, simply remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator overnight. Voila!