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Can You Freeze Uncooked White Potatoes?

by Wendy K. Leigh

Freezing any type of uncooked potato is a risky business because of the tendency of the water and the starch in the potato to separate. The typical result is watery, mushy potatoes when defrosted. A few tricks help mitigate the effects if you decide to freeze raw white potatoes.

Blanching Is Key

Uncooked potatoes, regardless of what type they are, freeze better when they have been blanched ahead of time. Choose freshly harvested small potatoes whenever possible, and clean them with the skins on. Blanch potatoes smaller than 1 1/2 inches in diameter for approximately four to six minutes, and larger ones as long as 10 minutes. Make sure the water is hot enough to heat the potatoes all the way through, to avoid discoloring of the centers. Drain the water and cool the potatoes before packing and freezing.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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