I recently asked myself, “Can you freeze mashed potatoes?” Because we found ourselves with an almost overwhelming amount of potatoes.
Recently, we were walking through the grocery store and we see they are having a HUUUUUGE sale on potatoes. Like a ridiculously good deal.
So what do you do when you see a ridiculously good looking deal?
You buy a ridiculous amount of potatoes, that’s what you do. Like, to the tune of fifty pounds.
(We had a similar experience with sweet potatoes)
So, why do we buy so many potatoes at one time?
Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to keep a frugal lifestyle without making it feel like you are going without. If you catch a great sale, you can stock up on something you like and not pay more than you have to.
Another reason we buy and cook in bulk is because it will save a ton of time in the future. Sure, you have to put in some work up front, but it will save so much more time in the long run.
(here is one of our favorite spaghetti squash recipes)
So, let’s get to freezing mashed potatoes.
First thing you want to do is make sure you have everything you are going to need.
– potatoes (we used a bag at a time)
– butter (we used about 2 TBS per Instant Pot batch)
– Milk (we used between 1/2 – 1 cup per Instant Pot batch)
– Instant Pot (or oven or microwave)
– Freezer Bags
To start out, you will want to clean your potatoes. This is easy. Stick them under the faucet in your sink and scrub all the dirt off of them. Get them as clean as you like.
Once your potatoes are good and clean, it’s time to start cutting them. Depending on the amount of potatoes you are cooking, you may need a lot of counter space for this.
We cut each potato into four pieces. If you want to try and fit more into your Instant Pot, you can cut them smaller, but quarters worked well enough for us.
After you have your potatoes cut, put them to the side for a moment. It’s time to get your Instant Pot ready.
Can you freeze mashed potatoes now?
Not yet. But almost.
The Instant Pot isn’t hard to prepare. We just add 1 cup of water and then set the metal stand that comes with the Instant Pot in the bottom. This will keep the potatoes out of the water. You can also use a small vegetable steamer basket.
With you Instant Pot ready, you can now start adding your potatoes. I don’t know if there is a recommended capacity limit, but we basically packed it as full as we could. One round could fit around 10 cut medium sized potatoes.
Once you are able to (just barely) get the Instant Pot lid closed, set it to ‘Manual’, and set the timer for 20 minutes.
It generally takes about 10 minutes, give or take, for the Instant Pot to pressurize and then the 20 minute timer starts. Once the timer beeps do a quick release to depressurize.
After the steam has cleared you can safely remove the lid. Using a large spoon (or a pair of tongs or anything that’s convenient) start to remove the cooked potatoes and put them in a large bowl.
Using a masher, start to mash the potatoes, adding in butter and milk as you go. We used 2 TBS of butter and 1/2 to 1 cup of milk depending on the amount of potatoes we had in each batch.
This is really just a preference thing. Add as much or as little butter and milk as you like until it is at the taste and creaminess that you desire. If you like, you can start the next batch while this batch cools.
So, we’ve cooked them, but can you freeze mashed potatoes?
Now I’ll show how to freeze potatoes.
We portioned out ziplock bags (we already wrote the contents and date on them) and filled them with 1 cup scoops of mashed potatoes. Since they are already mashed, they are super easy to flatten out and push any air out of them. This make them really convenient for storing in your freezer.
Next step is to simply put them in the freezer! Easy as that. They will keep for up to a year and are an extremely convenient addition to any meal.
When you’re ready to eat them, just pull them out and let them defrost in the refrigerator over night or throw them in the instant pot for 5-10 minutes. You can also stick them in the oven or microwave.
So, can you freeze mashed potatoes? Yes, you can! And it’s really easy.