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defrosting potato - what am I doing wrong?!

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moosiemoo Wed 06-Aug-08 18:54:25

Just beginning to wean, and having much fun making multi-coloured ice cubes. Trouble is, when I defrost potato it doesn't go back to being potato puree, but lumps of potato in water. My DD is soldiering on and eating it, but it looks pretty grim and the texture's all wrong. I've been blending potato and a small amount of water, and freezing from room temperate, and then defrosting again at room temperature. Am I missing something?

becka1 Wed 06-Aug-08 19:27:15

sorry don't know the answer but have had problems myself in defrosting mash in that my dd will eat mash fresh but not defrosted...I add a bit of milk and wonder now if that doesn't freeze properly?!

Shitehawk Wed 06-Aug-08 19:29:18

Potato never freezes very well; it's best made fresh every time. It's probably the high water content or something.

Seona1973 Wed 06-Aug-08 20:07:17

dont blend it, just mash it or put it through a potato ricer - it breaks down and goes very starchy if you puree it. I add in milk and a bit of butter when mashing and then it freezes and defrosts fine.

Haylstones Wed 06-Aug-08 20:16:39

If you use a ricer like this www.lakeland.co.uk/potato-ricer/F/keyword/ricer/product/11390 the potato goes nice and fluffy and defrosts well. when you defrost it add some milk/water and it turns into lovely fluffy mash again smile.
I haven't tried using it for any other fruit/veg for ds but am going to give it a go as it was incredibly easy (so muc less hassle than the blender!)

Haylstones Wed 06-Aug-08 20:17:35

sorry, x posts with seona. It makes perfect mash for grown ups too grin

DillyTanty Wed 06-Aug-08 20:18:51

no blending potato at all (in fact i'm a no blending type full stop) but i do mash in the micro. bake potato in micro then run tatty thro' the ricer. that's pretty much instant mash, imo.

Overmydeadbody Wed 06-Aug-08 20:19:24

Don't blend it, as Seona said. That releases the gluten and makes it a stodgy mess.

What I would do is mix it with other things before freezing, like some haddock and peas.

Pheebe Wed 06-Aug-08 20:28:19

Sweet potatoe blends and defrosts well. Best when mixed with other veg though as it too can be a bit stodgy.

DillyTanty Wed 06-Aug-08 20:29:02

ooooh, just give the baby a bit of potato and let him get on with it. wink

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