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Freezing Mashed Potato

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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lucyloulucylou Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
hi i have a question I have used all my potatoes and mashed them and then froze them.Now what I did I used one slice (as i had put them in a try and cut them in slices) but when I defrosted one it was all full of water and tasted funny.Any suggestions to save the other ones please?Or to do something different next time?
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  • rchddap1rchddap1 Forumite
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    I don't know if it will work with frozen mash, but this is something my mum use to do with left over mash (generally 1 day old). Simply put she would fry it. However, I'm not sure what would happen with defrosted frozen mash.
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    The water isn't really a problem. I freeze in bags in portion sizes, let it defrost slowly in the bag and then tip it into a microwave proof bowl. About half way through the heating time I take it out and mash it again, and then once more when it's done. It's usually at this last time that I add a little salt and butter - it tastes just like the real thing :)
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  • lucyloulucylou Forumite
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    I froze them in two or three portion sizes but as I said the water from freezing them made them taste quite watery ...is there anyway I can eliminate the excess water?
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    Gently heat it up in a saucepan with the lid off for a while to evaporate some of the excess water should do it. Keep mashing until it's the consistency you want.

    I don't really see where you're getting your excess water from. Mine, as it defrosts in the bag shows a little water - but that isn't stuff that's come from outside anywhere, it's from the potato in the sealed bag. So, as I say, I just mash it back in :)
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  • lucyloulucylou Forumite
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    well to be honest I think my fridge freezer needs defrosting :eek:

    thanks for the tips I 'll try them tomorrow (I'm pretending to work just now;) )
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    LOL :)

    Next time try bagging your potato once it's cool. Squeeze out most of the air and shape it so it stacks nicely :)
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  • polpol Forumite
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    I just microwave my mash from frozen, one minute 30 secs, then another minute for one ice cream scoop. Just keep forking it about, some of the water will re-absorb, the rest will steam up your microwave (makes it easy to wipe over too). It should taste the same as it did when fresh. If you add milk and butter when you mash them, just add less milk, you can always add it later.
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  • Hi

    I am trying to save money so i am not buying anymore ready meals. i am going to make every thing i can from fresh.

    At the moment i have a huge pan of stew in the oven which will feed the five of us for about four meals.

    I have bought a huge bag of potatoes and i am sitting here wandering if i do a huge amount of mash will it be ok to freeze??, the only reason i am asking is every time i buy a big bag i end up binning a lot of them as they go off before i use them.

    many thanks
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  • mogginsmoggins Forumite
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    Yes it will be fine, I froze my first ever mash 2 weeks ago, used it last night and reheated it in the microwave. It needed another whisking afterwards but it looked just as good as fresh.
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  • squeakysqueaky Forumite
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    Yep! Freeze them in portion sized amounts. We've got a thread somewhere about the place that goes into more detail so I'll merge your post into it when i find it.

    Since posts are listed in date order you'll need to read from the beginning once it's done to catch up with us :)
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