DIY Freezer Hash Browns

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Freezer Hash Browns

Freezer hash browns are one of the best way to use up potatoes! Have you ever needed something to do with those potatoes that are starting to spud? Or do you shop in bulk and need a way to preserve all those potatoes?

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I love to buy a lot of things in bulk at Costco. I am able to get better quality, like organic potatoes. But I also wind up with 10 lbs of potatoes.

Lets be honest you can only have mashed potatoes so many times…

Preserving potatoes by turning them into hash browns is the perfect solution!

It’s super easy to do and will give you an easy tasty addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Plus they can be used in soups, quiches and many other recipes!

It also save money and is way healthier for you.

Common non-organic freezer hash browns contain the following ingredients: Potatoes, Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (to Retain Natural Color)

Organic freezer hash browns may be better ingredient-wise but will run you a lot more money then doing it yourself.

So if your on a budget and trying to discover new healthy ways to eat well for less then this solution is perfect for you!

 

Why you will love this freezer hash browns recipe. 

  • Super Easy
  • Extremely Tasty
  • Healthy (Soy Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free)
  • Family Friendly
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Are freezer hash browns healthy?

Yes! We focus on clean eating and preservative free living. If you purchase pre-made freezer hash browns it will contain much more then potatoes. It can be very surprising how many extra ingredients they contain, mainly preservatives. That is why I LOVE to make these on my own. Its a great breakfast or snack and you can purchase organic potatoes in bulk to make hash browns with. 
 

Ingredients you will need for this frozen hash brown recipe. 

  • potatoes (Thats it!)

How to make and freeze hash browns?

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Poke holes in potatoes with a fork and set on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour. (Potatoes will be just tender and not super soft. This helps when you shred the potatoes before freezing)


  2. After potatoes are cooked cool in fridge for a couple hours or overnight.

  3. Peel potatoes (If desired) Its ok to shred with skin on if you like the skin. I prefer to peel them. Shred potatoes either using a hand grater (It goes really fast and easy) or using a food processor with proper attachment.


  4. Lay shredded potato out evenly on baking sheet and freezer for 1-2 hours. (Use a couple different sheets, do not pile a lot on one. I would recommend having a relatively thin layer for each.)


  5. After 1-2 hours remove shredded potatoes from freezer, break apart and set into gallon freezer bags. Now seal and set back into freezer. Potatoes will not be 100% frozen at this point but will be close. They will complete freezing in the gallon bags.

  6. Now remove hash browns from freezer anytime, cook and enjoy!


 

How to make this frozen hash browns recipe on the stovetop?

After you have your hash browns frozen and ready to use its so simple. Take the desired amount out of the freezer and cook on a heated skillet with melted butter or olive oil until you reach desired brownness.
 
I like my hash browns extra crispy so I leave them on a bit longer then most. They will thaw quickly and usually take anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Its also great to flavor with salt and seasonings you love. 
 
 

 

Do hash browns need to be frozen?

If you are hoping to use them over time then yes. (If you are making them for a party or large breakfast the next day you ca go without freezing them).

The reason hash browns need to be frozen is because potatoes tend to brown if they are exposed to too much oxygen. By freezing them quickly you avoid the browning and end up with a wonderful homemade hash brown straight out of the freezer. 

What to serve with this homemade frozen hash browns recipe?

Hash browns are the perfect addition to any breakfast. Make some eggs, a breakfast casserole or even some pancakes to go along with your delicious homemade breakfast. 
 

How to store this healthy sloppy joe recipe?

After cooking homemade frozen hash browns  on the stovetop store in fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
 

Do I need a slow cooker for this recipe?

No this recipe is not intended to be use in the slow cooker. 
 

Can I use an instant pot instead?

No this recipe is not intended to be used in the instant pot.
 
But the instant pot is an amazing appliance. For slow cooker to instant pot conversion times click here to get a simple instant pot cheat sheet. You will never have to guess or research an instant pot cook time again!
 

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe below. (so you don’t have to scroll for a million years to find the food 😉 ).

How to make and freeze hash browns? 👇 

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DIY Freezer Hash Browns

How to make and freeze hash browns at home.Homemade hash browns are a great way to use up too many potatoes. Healthyliving.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time47 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Freezer Hash browns, How to make and freeze hash browns
Servings: 20
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Hannah Stewart

Ingredients

  • 10 Potatoes (As many as you want! I usually do this with 10)

Supplies:

  • 3 Gallon Freezer Bags (I prefer ziplock)

Instructions

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Poke holes in potatoes with a fork and set on baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour. (Potatoes will be just tender and not super soft. This helps when you shred the potatoes before freezing)
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  • After potatoes are cooked cool in fridge for a couple hours or overnight.
  • Peel potatoes (If desired) Its ok to shred with skin on if you like the skin. I prefer to peel them. Shred potatoes either using a hand grater (It goes really fast and easy) or using a food processor with proper attachment.
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  • Lay shredded potato out evenly on baking sheet and freezer for 1-2 hours. (Use a couple different sheets, do not pile a lot on one. I would recommend having a relatively thin layer for each.)
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  • After 1-2 hours remove shredded potatoes from freezer, break apart and set into gallon freezer bags. Now seal and set back into freezer. Potatoes will not be 100% frozen at this point but will be close. They will complete freezing in the gallon bags.
  • Now remove hash browns from freezer anytime, cook and enjoy!
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Only spend one hour in the kitchen for a whole week of dinners. Day of, throw your freezer meal in the slow cooker or instant pot and enjoy dinner!

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Knowing you have a fool proof systen for something that is easy and works gives you confidence in the kitchen. So wether you're a seasoned chef or occational home cook the method of freezer cooking will work for you!

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Because you're prepping the freezer meals with fresh foods you're eating healthier. Anytime you cook at home instead of eating out you get the benefits of healthier food.

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Have you ever felt the pressure of forgetting about dinner, or having to cook at the end of a long day?! No more, just grab something out of the freezer and you're good to go.

Frequently asked questions

Follow the instructions above in the recipe card for instructions on the best way to freeze cooked potatoes. 

 

The best way to fry hash browns that are frozen is to get your skillet heated on a stovetop. I use med-high heat. Once your skillet has come to temperature melt butter or olive oil and add in your freezer hash browns. 

You do not have to thaw the freezer hash browns ahead of time. 

Then add in a bit of salt and seasonings of preference and let the hash browns cook until they reach desired brownness. Once you shredded potatoes are browned and crispy flip over to brown the other side. You may want to add in some additional butter or olive oil at this point. 

Let hash browns sit again until they reach desired crispiness then serve. Expect it to take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the desired outcome. 

The reason you cannot cook fresh potatoes the same way as frozen has browns is because your hash browns are cooked 80% of the way before you freeze them. This allows you to cook hash browns frozen evenly and achieve a crispiness on the outside and a soft buttery inside. 

Using raw fresh potatoes (Unless somewhat cooked through before frying on the stovetop) would not cook properly as a skillet hash brown. 

A serving size assumes 1/2 cup of freezer hash browns mix at 73 kcal per serving. 

Unfortunately no, this is not an instant pot recipe. 

If you’re interested in an instant pot cheat sheet for cook times click here!

Yes depending on the recipe you are making. When I prep my Ham and Potato soup freezer meal I cut up the potatoes last and freeze them raw to be cooked in the slow cooker. 

But for this recipe the potatoes cannot be cooked raw they must be precooked or pre-boiled a bit before turned them into freezer hash browns. 

Cook frozen hash browns on the stovetop anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the desired crispiness and brownness. 

Follow the recipe card above to get detailed step by step instructions on how to prepare potatoes for freezing. 

The best way to freeze cooked potatoes is to peel and shred them after they have been precooked and then freeze on a sheet pan. Once frozen break them apart and stick into a gallon freezer bag. 

Yes, cooked potatoes freeze extremely well. 

The best way to use up too many potatoes is to make homemade freezer hash browns. It preserves your potatoes in a way that is fast and easy to cook anytime!

Use large russet potatoes as the best potato for homemade hash browns. 

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Hannah,
    We recently tried this (not your recipe) with extra potatoes and they turned all gray in the freezer. Will this recipe keep that from happening? It was very sad. My daughter is addicted to hash browns so I am excited to find a recipe that works!

    1. O man how awful! That would make me sad as well. I have never had that issue with this recipe. Make sure your potatoes are fully cooled before you peel and shred, and get them in the freezer right away on a sheet pan after shredding. Keeping them out of the air helps keep their color. Be sure they go through their initial freeze in the freezer for only 1-2 hours to avoid any freezer burn. Those are all the possible issues I can think of but I hope this helps and I hope your daughter gets excited for some more hash browns! I know I always do!

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