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Have any of you ever frozen mashed potato?

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NotActuallyAMum Mon 01-Jul-13 10:34:58

I've seen it for sale in supermarkets so I presume it must be possible to freeze your own and wondered if it was a simple case of do it as normal, let it cool then freeze it

Sorry if I'm being really thick...

bdbfan Mon 01-Jul-13 10:36:16

Yes I do it all the time. Do a massive batch of mash and freeze in individual portion sizes.

Great for kids tea when you don't have much time

NotActuallyAMum Mon 01-Jul-13 10:50:39

Great, thanks very much for that

We have loads of potatoes to use up, we don't want to waste them

MummyOfSunbeam Mon 01-Jul-13 10:52:17

Bdb - we are thinking of starting that. How do you heat it up? (No microwave do I am wondering if we should reheat in oven or...?)

bdbfan Mon 01-Jul-13 11:21:11

I microwave it, 3 mins at a time on full power and stir and repeat

littleblackno Mon 01-Jul-13 11:24:31

I do it all the time - microwave it to reheat. I'm sure you could put it in a saucepan on low heat till it defrosts then turn up the heat to warm it.

ILikeToClean Mon 01-Jul-13 12:17:05

I do it too, put individual portions on a baking tray on grease proof paper and open freeze, then once frozen you can pop into freezer bags. I normally defrost in the morning and then reheat for a couple of minutes with a knob of butter.

ILikeToClean Mon 01-Jul-13 12:19:01

Sorry have just seen you don't have a microwave, I'm sure you could pop it in a saucepan with a knob of butter and keep stirring or in the oven as long as it was covered.

adverbial Mon 01-Jul-13 12:36:30

I do it too, defrost in microwave. It's fine.

FringeEvent Mon 01-Jul-13 12:37:16

I've only ever had disastrous results with freezing mash. It goes really watery, and heating it to steam off some of the excess liquid just turns it to a gluey wallpaper paste texture. Vile.

On the other hand, I've frozen potatoes parboiled ready for roasting in the past and these have always been amazing. (Parboiled, then shaken up inside the saucepan (with lid) with a spoon of plain flour, and separated out on a baking tray to go in the freezer. Tip them into a freezer bag once they're completely frozen. Roast them straight from the freezer.)

snoworneahva Mon 01-Jul-13 13:31:16

I freeze leftover but the kids prefer fresh mash, so I use it to make potato bread or gnocchi.

christina71 Mon 01-Jul-13 13:59:37

Like snoworneahva, my little one doesn't enjoy it as much when it's frozen, but it does for make for good potato bread, or potato patties.

Frontdoorstep Mon 01-Jul-13 16:15:02

I find it's ok if frozen but a bit watery tbh, fresh is better. My son and I dont like it frozen, daughter isn't so bothered, husband doesn't really notice!

MERLYPUSS Tue 02-Jul-13 12:06:48

You could dry fry it like a potato cake. I always freeze left over mash so that if we have any green veg lurking we can have bubb;le and sqeek.

sashh Tue 02-Jul-13 13:33:34

40 - 45 mins in the oven from frozen - if you like a crispy coating on the top

TheRealFellatio Tue 02-Jul-13 13:40:51

I don't know what they do to mash in industrial kitchens but ready made frozn mash can be absolutely excellent, whereas homemade frozen mash tends to retain too much water and go all woolly and unappealing.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Tue 02-Jul-13 13:43:33

I make a half potato half cauliflower mash and freeze it. The kids accept it either way, and it re-heats perfectly well. I don't add cream/butter, just boil in chicken stock, drain and mash - then when I reheat I add the cream etc. SO handy.

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