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I read that email this yesterday as well. Thanks for posting the info Patti

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9/24/13 11:28 P

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Many years ago I made my own TV dinners and almost always included mashed potatoes along with the veggies, meat and gravy (if using) I froze them in reusable TV dinner trays and covered them with tin foil. They were perfect for several months........ so I agree, mashed potatoes can easily be frozen.

I like the idea of making them into patties. Great for mix and match.....

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How cool!! I think I will try the mashed potatoes frozen into patties. That would work well for us. Thank you for giving me ideas!!
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I received an email this morning with this info... So I thought I'd pass it along !!!!
From Creative Homemaking Newsletter

If you grow your own potatoes, harvest them when the vines have died and the potato skins have toughened up. You should leave the potatoes in the ground for about 2 weeks after the vines die to make sure they are mature enough for harvesting.

If you buy potatoes from the store, look through the plastic and examine each potato as well as you can. One potato can ruin the whole bunch. Select them individually if you can. Gently squeeze the potatoes, they should be firm and their skin should be tight. Make sure they are free of breaks and bruises (signs of rot). Sprouting potatoes are edible, but avoid them if you can.

Store your potatoes in anything that allows air to circulate. If possible, store in a dark, humid place at around 40 degrees for maximum storage life (at this temperature they can last as long as the entire winter). They should be kept in the dark because light contributes to greening. Don't wash them until you're ready to use them--a buildup of moisture encourages decay. And don't store potatoes next to onions or apples--they each exude a gas that shortens the life of the other.

To dehydrate your potatoes, wash them and cut them into 1/4 inch slices. You don't even have to peel them unless you want to. Blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes and then soak them in 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 quarts cold water for about 45 minutes to keep them from oxidizing while they dry--the lemon juice also helps them retain their original color when you cook them. Dry your potato slices by whichever drying method you prefer until all the moisture is gone--they will be brittle when dry. Store your dried potatoes in heavy-duty plastic bags, or an airtight container, and keep away from direct light. To use your dried potatoes, soak them in an equal amount of water for 25 minutes. Cook as you would raw potatoes.

If you're going to try to freeze some of your potato crop, there are several ways you can prepare them for freezing:

French Fries. Wash, peel, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Cut slices into 1/4-inch strips, to resemble french fries. Soak the fries in cold water for 5 minutes, drain them, and let them dry on a towel. Fry the potatoes in hot oil until they are pale and gold in color. Spread them out on a baking sheet and freeze until just chilled. Package the chilled fries compactly in freezer cartons, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Place cartons in freezer. Don't store longer than 6 weeks.

Mashed Potatoes. Mashed potatoes can be frozen in pint or quart containers for up to 4 to 6 months. Mashed potatoes can also be formed into patties and packaged in layers between sheets of freezer paper. You don't even have to thaw them out before heating--you can brown them in a skillet or in the oven while frozen.

Baked Potatoes. Most sources agree that baked potatoes don't freeze well. They lose their original texture and consistency. Twice-baked potatoes fare better in the freezer. Cut your baked potatoes in half and scoop out the pulp. Mash the potato pulp and mix it with milk, butter, and seasonings, and refill the potato halves. Wrap each half with freezer paper or aluminum foil and store in freezer. Thaw baked potatoes in oven at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. They can be stored in the freezer for 4 to 6 months.


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