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Freezing Potatoes {How to Freeze Potatoes}

This post is sponsored by Vesta Precision. All opinions are my own.

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing potatoes to save a ton of time and money. Learning how to freeze potatoes for side dishes, soups, and fast meals is a great way to preserve this staple of so many recipes. 

A vesta Precision vac seal elite with potatoes and vac seal bags on a white board

Frozen veggies that are ready to be added to meals are incredible time savers. Having components ready to go for main dishes, soups, or casseroles helps make your day just a little bit easier. 

Thanks to the handy Vesta Precision Vac’n Seal Elite, a freezer stash of frozen potatoes can be yours in minutes. It’s so easy to use and makes quick work for “putting up” this tasty staple of so many recipes. Even better, I’ll have a 25% off coupon to get your own vacuum sealer for you later in the post.

Can You Freeze Potatoes?

Yes, and you absolutely should! It’s a wonderful way to meal prep for future quick weeknight meals. Imagine how quickly your Instant Pot Beef Stew will come together when you pull frozen potatoes, frozen carrots, frozen onions, and frozen garlic from your stash of freezer essentials. No chopping or last-minute prep work needed.

My preference is to freeze potatoes diced as it gives you many options for how to use them later. You can freeze whole potatoes if you select smaller potatoes and blanch for the full 5 minutes.

What Is the Best Way to Freeze Potatoes?

Potatoes will quickly discolor when exposed to air, so the best way to freeze them is to quickly vacuum seal, or flash freeze on a baking sheet. Flash freezing basically allows each potato to freeze separately. This will allow them to be stored together without being frozen in one big clump.

For potatoes, I prefer to use my Vesta Precision Vacumn Sealer. You don’t have to wait for flash freezing and the air-tight seal means they will not discolor in the freezer. And because the machine is so easy to use, I can process 10-pounds of potatoes in under 10 minutes. 

4 process photos showing how to use a Vesta Precision vacuum sealer to freeze potatoes

Do You Have to Blanch Potatoes Before Freezing?

Yes, you do. There are many recipes out there telling you to just chop potatoes and stick them in the freezer. That’s not going to work and it is not safe.

Uncooked frozen potatoes will discolor upon defrosting. According to the NCHFP, “blanching stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleanses the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. Underblanching stimulates the activity of enzymes and is worse than no blanching. Overblanching causes loss of flavor, color, vitamins and minerals”. (source)

Thankfully, it’s super easy to blanch potatoes. You’ll just need to bring a pot of water to a boil, add the spuds, and cook for 3-5 minutes depending on the size. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and put into a bowl with ice water. THAT’S IT.

A teal saucepan with diced potatoes in water

Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Yes! Thanks to the fat content in mashed potatoes (from cream, cream cheese, milk, sour cream, and/or butter), they freeze incredibly well. Freeze in air-tighter containers for up to 3 months. 

I have three delicious mashed potatoes recipes that will freeze like a dream: Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Whole30 Mashed Potatoes, and Wasabi Mashed Potatoes.

TOOLS FOR FREEZING Potatoes

Sustainability tip: Since Vesta’s freezer bags are made from food-grade polyethylene BPA-free plastic, you can recycle clean and dry used bags at grocery stores or any retailer that offers plastic bag recycling.

PRO TIPS/RECIPE NOTES

  • You can also freeze potato sticks for homemade french fries. Blanch for 3 minutes prior to freezing.
  • There is no need to fully thaw the potatoes before cooking. 
  • You can leave the skins on prior to freezing. Depending on how you cook them, the skins may slip off when heating.
  • You can also freeze sweet potatoes but they need to be almost fully cooked prior to freezing. You can find various sweet potato cooking instructions here: Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes and Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes.
  • Freeze your spuds unseasoned as it gives you more flexibility for cooking them later.
  • The Vac’n Seal Elite is also perfect to use with a home sous vide machine.

How to Use Frozen Potatoes

To use, slightly defrost the bag in cool water or on the countertop for an hour. Sustainability tip: cut your Vesta Precision bag directly under the seal. You can wash, dry and reuse the bags until there is not enough plastic left to seal. And recycle what is left.

Use diced potatoes to make Instant Pot Beef Barley Soup, Crispy Ranch Air Fryer Potatoes, Potato Salad Without Mayo, Instant Pot Zuppa Toscana, Whole30 Potato Soup, or Skillet Fried Potatoes. Use frozen “sticks” for Air Fryer Fries.

a bag of diced potatoes on a white board with whole potatoes and parsley

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a bag of diced potatoes on a white board with whole potatoes and parsley
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Freezing Potatoes {How to Freeze Potatoes}

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing potatoes for fast and healthy meals.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Freezing Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: How To
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Can you freeze potatoes?

Ingredients

  • Vesta Precision Vac'n Seal Elite {optional}
  • 1 chef's knife
  • 1 vegetable peeler
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 1 colander or slotted spoon
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • ice
  • 1 rimmed baking sheet
  • 1 silpat or parchment

Instructions

How to Blanch Potatoes

  • Remove any dirt with cool running water. Peel (optional) and then rinse again.
  • Halve or chop into uniform pieces. Keep cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water until you're ready to blanch them.
  • Set up a bowl full of ice water.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
  • Add potatoes to the boiling water and boil for 3-5 minutes depending on size. 3 min for diced (homefries size) or sticks, 4 minutes for quartered potatoes, and 5 minutes for halves or whole.
  • Once the time is up, strain the potatoes through a colander or scoop pieces out of the water with a slotted spoon and immediately add to the ice water for two minutes.
  • Strain again and set aside to drain.

How to Vacumn Seal Potatoes

  • Select desired size of vacuum seal bag. Fill bag 2/3 - 3/4 full. Shake potatoes down to settle the distribution in the bag.
  • Place the open end of the bag into the liquid groove of the Vesta Precision Vac'n Seal Eite. Close and press the lid to "lock".
  • Press "Power", "Food" then press until "moist" is displayed, and then "vacuum and seal"
  • The Vac'n Seal Elite will begin to remove air from the bag. After the process is complete, the "vacuum and seal" button will turn white and there will be several beeps.
  • Press the latch buttons, open the lid, remove the bag, label, and freeze.

Freezing Potatoes Without a Vesta Precision Vacumn Sealer

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. 
  • Add the potatoes to the baking sheet without crowding the tray and place the tray in the freezer. 
  • Freeze for four hours. 
  • Break apart any clumps that have formed on the baking sheet and transfer to freezer-proof storage.

Notes

Store in a conventional freezer for 3 months, or 6-12 in a deep freezer.
 
Cook from frozen, do not fully defrost first.

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14 comments on “Freezing Potatoes {How to Freeze Potatoes}”

  1. As always, your timing is perfect! I have some potatoes that need to be dealt with, and soon! Would it be weird to ask for a vacuum sealer for Mother’s Day?

  2. Nice!!  I have some potatoes leftover from Easter that i didn’t want to go to waste. Perfect way to use them up!  

  3. Well super timely post. Thanks!  They only had a 10 pound bag at the grocery store and I bought it knowing we wouldn’t go through all those potatoes.  I’m also interested  the sealer as well so thanks for the post!  

  4. Perfect timing. I have a 10 pound bag I was trying to figure out how to use before I had to toss them!! Project for today. 

  5. I was just thinking about you and potatoes! I thought I remember reading a post about prepping potatoes and leaving then in water in the fridge. But this works also!!!

    Thanks!

    • Yes, that was me! I leave them chopped in the fridge in water overnight for making mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. But having a bunch frozen and ready to go makes so much sense too.

  6. This post came at just the right time! We were just wondering if potatoes could be frozen at home or if factories did something special to make them not discolor while frozen that couldn’t be replicated at home. Thank you!

    • They do something to hashbrowns at the factory to keep them from losing shape. They also mix them with dextrose (sugar), so that’s not always a healthy way to enjoy some spuds.

      • Ah, I must have read that about hash browns at some point. I knew there was a reason I didn’t buy them anymore.

      • The Cascadian Farms brand is just potatoes and maybe salt. They’re a Pacific Northwest company so I’m not sure if they’re in stores nationwide.