The Coupon Butler

Daily Dish

Posted on: January 21, 2010

Freezer cooking potatoes:  Okay this is an awesome idea I found online, you buy a 5lb bag of potatoes and are going to create 2 different types of side dishes with them.

First wash all the potatoes sort them by size medium and large.  Take the large ones and poke with a fork and cook them in the oven for about an hour at 450 degrees. I have also done these in the microwave for 5-10 minutes and they still turned out great.  Once the potatoes are cooked then cut them in half and scoop out the inside of the potato, as close to the edge of the skin as you can. Then mix the scooped out potatoes with whatever you desire sour cream, butter, french oinons, bacon bits, cheddar cheese etc.  Scoop back into the potatoes.  Place them on a cooled cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about an hour, this process is called “flash freezing” this is so the potatoes won’t stick to one another once you store them in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, I usually place mine inside a ziploc bag and store in the deep freezer.  When you are ready to eat them you just have to heat them in the microwave.

With the rest of the potatoes wash them, and then cut them into long wedges.  Place these on a cookie sheet with olive oil and season however you like and cook them at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. When they are done put them on a cool cookie sheet and “Flash freeze” those for an hour too. Then place then in whatever storage bag yoou choose and label the bag. When you want to eat them just stick them in the oven and cook at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Why go thru all this work????  Because for $2.00 I can make 4 side dishes for my family ahead of time.  A bag of fries is more than that at the grocery store. We have not eaten store bought french fries since September because I choose to do it this way.

Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;
   hurry and scurry puts you further behind.

Proverbs 21:5

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