Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homestead Tips on Tuesday: Homemade Frozen Hashbrowns

Weather you have a bumper crop of spuds and you're looking for a way to preserve them.... or you're just a "do it yourself" kind of person, here is an easy way to make your own homemade frozen hashbrowns! Why buy those overpriced bags in the frozen food section, when you can quickly whip up your own!

Your first step is to get some potatoes. I use russets as they are a good for just about anything kind of tater. But, of course, feel free to use which every kind you like. Now for the fun part, (note my sarcasm) get peeling.

Once you're all peeled and rinsed off, grab your cheese grater, or if your fancy, your food processor thing-a-ma-gigy and shred your taters. Now don't get me wrong, I would love to be fancy, but alas it is the cheese grater for me. Here is a little tip for all you cheese grater folks.... When you get to the nubby part of the tater, stick a fork in it. Using the fork is a good way to not loose a knuckle!

As you're shredding your tater, put it in a bowl of cold water. This helps keep it pretty. Let's face it, no one wants to eat a brown ugly taters. Once you have all your taters shredded, you're going to drain the cold water and throw them into a pot of boiling water to blanch for around 3 minutes. Once your shredded taters are blanched, drain them, run them under cool water and place them on some paper towel to finish dripping dry. For the environmentalists out there, relax, paper towel can be put in your compost pile!

Once they are drier, you can portion them out to freeze. I put ours in zip lock bags (that we can reuse) in portion sizes for breakfasts. These shredded hashbrowns are also great for casseroles too!

So what are you waiting for? Get peeling! And as your hand starts to cramp (remember I dislike peeling taters), think of how much healthier they will be then store bought. Think of the money you will save doing it yourself. Think of the prep time you will save on those early morning breakfasts. Gee, I guess it kind of makes the peeling part worth it, doesn't it!

Yummy homemade Hashbrowns!!


**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**


34 comments:

  1. I can not wait to do this with the sack of extra potatoes we were recently given. We love hashbrowns in this family, almost as much as we love bacon so home made ones would make queen of the world in their eyes.

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  2. You had me at hash browns :)

    Freezing them and saving them for later use is a bonus !

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  3. I have done them before fresh and they are amazing!! I haven't done them before to freeze but perfect to stock the freezer because we love shredded hash browns. I didn't know blanching them would keep them good so they don't get yucky in the freezer. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. So simple but so smart! I'm trying to get away from store bought foods with all their chemicals and preservatives. Definitely pinning this. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  5. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Make It Monday!

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  6. So light and fluffy just waiting for my skillet!

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    1. Why is your skillet waiting!?!?! Chop, chop! LOL

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing how you make these - I just can't wait to try it out!! :)

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    1. Aww thanks for stopping by. I hope you have fun peeling! LOL

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  8. thanks, I've been wanting to do this.

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  9. Just found your activity that the man of the house can do while watching TV - peel them taters. Going to buy a new bag today and try this out. Love fried taters.

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    1. Haa haa if my hubby is sitting watching tv then his kindle is in his hands...... no helper there!

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  10. I was just thinking about buying some...but I didn't want to...and now I don't have to :) Thanks for the tips.

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  11. This is great information! I hope you can come link up at my party http://liverandomlysimple.com/totally-terrific-tuesday-linkup-party-1/
    it runs until sunday :)

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I'll pop, umm I mean hop, over!

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  12. I absolutely love this idea! I've never even thought of doing something like this!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. I know right?!?! So simple that no one does it any more LOL Thanks for the pin and happy shredding!

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  13. I should do this when mine get close to going bad...save them! Great idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. We hope to see you again there this week. Our party would not be such a growing success without you :)

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy saving them :)

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  14. found this on the Friday Flash Blog. I shared it and will be making these as soon as I get to the store to buy some potatoes. Love the tip about using the fork when you get down to the nub. Been there done that.

    Do you think it would work if I chunked them up Potatoes O'Brien style and just parboiled a little longer?

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    1. I don't see why it wouldn't work Audrey. Go for it! Creativity is the spark for trying anything new :)

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  15. I've always wondered if you could make homemade hashbrowns. I'm definitely going to try this, my kids will love it. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Wish my kids like em. LOL But that just means more for me and hubby and who can complain about that!

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  16. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

    http://www.kitchendreaming.com/

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  17. I am going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." Looking forward to seeing what you'll share this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/10/try-new-recipe-tuesday-october-14.html

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