Freezer Mashed Potatoes

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Got extra mashed potatoes from Easter? Take a moment to freeze the extras in a quart size bag right now. Don’t let them spoil in your fridge.

The butter, milk and cream cheese are freezer friendly. I like to add a little cream cheese in mine, abouyt 3-4 oz. if I have it. My mother-in-law gave me this quick tip when I first got married. Heat your milk in a coffe mug in the microwave for one minute before adding to the hot potatoes. Cold milk cools your potatoes. A friend of mine made some wonderful mashed potatoes leaving some of the skin on hers. She added about a teaspoon of basil. They were so delicious.

Savor your mashed potatoes and freeze some for a quick meal later. I’m going to have mine with beef stew later in the week.

Leave a little head space to expand and seal squeezing out as much air as possible. Freeze flat.

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Reheating instructions:

Thaw 24 hours and reheat in the microwave on 50% power for 5 minutes. Stir well. Heat at full power five minutes or until hot. Potatoes are best reheated very hot and mixed well.

Creative Mix-In ideas:

  • basil, fresh or dried
  • shredded cheese
  • cream cheese
  • bacon bits
  • chives, fresh or dried
  • pancatta
  • cooked hamburger
  • sauteed garlic (1-2 cloves, minced and sauteed in olive oil)

Are you entertaining or hosting a large gathering? This is a make-ahead side dish. Double or triple your next batch and freeze portions for your family and guests.

How do you like your mashed potatoes?

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Comments

  1. I have reheated frozen mashed potatoes this way, and mine were someone soupy and a little bit gritty. I also had freshly prepared mashed potatoes, so I mized the frozen with the fresh and they tasted great. However, I don’t think I would feel comfortable serving only the mashed potatoes that had been frozen since they were so soupy and a bit gritty.

    • Mine were so soupy, I had to throw them out!

      • The trick is to continue to heat until all the liquid is cooked out. I microwave on on power level 7 for about 10 minutes for a large quart bag. You can also reheat in the oven covered for about 30 minutes. I admit, they look gross, but once the liquid is absorbed it’s good to go, I promise.

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