Guest post: what to do with 10 pounds of potatoes

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I’m so excited to share this guest post from Audrey at Tight Wad in Utah! She had 10 pounds of potatoes…and you’ll just have to see what she did with them!

HI!  I’m Audrey and I have been matching deals and coupons with recipes on my blog Tight Wad in Utah. I’ve been “couponing” since last summer and LOVE it! But then, here I am with 12 boxes of pasta and I need something to do with it all. So each Wednesday we post about what deals to stock up on, then post recipes using those items. Not all at the same time…… that would be a pretty funky meal. :)

Recently potatoes have been on sale. I’ve seen them as low as .58  for a 10 lb bag! I consider it a bargain if I can get one for $1. But then this is what happens…I get a slight knot in my stomach……. can I use them before they grow eyes? Will the smell of them rotting remind me where I put them??

Soooooooo, here is my plan I found 3 recipes and I used the entire bag!  Now all those potatoes are either digested or resting comfortably in my freezer.

Here is what I did with them:

  1. Scalloped Potatoes
  2. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes 
  3. Oven Fries

1. Scalloped Potatoes (8 potatoes)

This recipe freezes well, so I hear. I can’t manage to have any left to freeze. The section that is gone was my “test” piece to make sure they were done.

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The recipe is pretty straight forward and uses ingredients you probably already have. If you’re not going to eat it all at once like me, divide it into meal portions after its cooled from baking, seal in a freezer container or bag, label it with the name and date,freeze! Reheat in the microwave.

2. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Now, I KNOW these freeze well. And not because they aren’t as good. My friend made them for me during a freezer swap. DELICIOUS! You can read all the rave reviews at All Recipes

This is also an easy recipe to follow. I doubled the recipe using 10 potatoes and 5 yams.

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Peel and cube them all, then throw them in some salted boiling water until tender. (20 to 30 minutes)

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My pot was FULL!  If you don’t have a huge pot just turn it down from high so you don’t have a raging boil with water splashing everywhere.

When done, retain 2 cups of the water. Then drain.

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Then just mash it all with the other ingredients, except for half of the cheese that you sprinkle on top. In the recipe it calls for roasted garlic.  I just used minced that I had on hand. And I used about 1 cup of the retained potato juice :) – 1/2 cup if you don’t double the recipe. Refer to the recipe link for ingredients and added instruction.

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If you’ve doubled the recipe put it in a 9 x 13 casserole dish, otherwise use an 8″ dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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After it’s somewhat cooled, separate into meal portions and seal in freezer bags. I like to freeze them like this so that they fit in my freezer better.

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Reheat in microwave.

I spent $3.44 in yams (not on sale) and $1.25 on cheese. The rest I had on hand. And now I have a fancy side dish for 5 meals!  (one isn’t pictured because we ate it.

3. Oven Fries (used the rest)

I love homemade fries, but I don’t make them often because I think it’s too much work for a side dish when I’m trying to get dinner done.  So I found out how to freeze them.  This way I can just take out how much I need and throw them in the oven!   Nice, am I right?

So here’s what you do: Wash, scrub and cut the potatoes into 1/2″ fries.Toss them with oil (I used canola because I have lots) and add some salt and a little sugar (helps with crispyness – is that a word?)

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Then place on baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes at 475.

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When done, let them cool on paper or dish towels. Then put them in the freezer (on the sheet, or on something that will fit in your freezer – I used pie tins..lol). Keep them there until they are frozen solid.  Half hour or so. All that’s left is putting them in a freezer bag and labeling it!

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When you’re ready to eat…spray baking sheet with cooking spray and bake at 450 for 20-40 minutes (depends on size of fries).

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DONE!  Now you have a 10 lb bag of potatoes making itself useful instead of stinking up your house.

I did make the fries and the rosemary potatoes at the same time.  I just started cutting the fries while the rosemary potatoes were baking.

For more recipes feel free to check out Tight Wad in Utah!  

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Comments

  1. Tonya says

    I’ve done mashed potatoes and oven fries before for the freezer. I have to make use of the 5 lb. bags when Albertson’s has their sales :) I’m gonna have to try those scalloped potatoes!!

  2. says

    I’m really inspired by Audrey’s post today, too. I have a big bag of potatoes in my pantry right now. The tendency is to eat a few and then the rest go bad. Loving the fries idea!

  3. Pat Tazelaar says

    Audrey…You are amazing…who knew there were so many creative things you could do with 10# of potatoes besides watching the little eyes grow into Jack’s magic beanstalk!!! I am always learning things from you!!! WOW!

  4. sarah w says

    go aud! you are my hero. i want to go out and buy some potatoes now. i just used the last of mine up on a couple shepherds pies for the freezer.

  5. Laura says

    Interesting ideas! I have a die-hard rosemary plant in my herb garden I’ve NEVER used! Now I have a reason. Also, we make oven fries all the time, but it is a lot of work. I like the idea of preparing them ahead of time and freezing.

  6. says

    I found you through Pinterest. I love this idea! We always have plenty of potatoes, and I never thought of freezing fries. That would make an easy side when I don’t feel like “thinking.” :)

  7. Brandy says

    We go through atleast a 50lb bag of potatoes every month but I have never been able to freeze my fries right. I am so excited to try this idea now. I do alot of hashbrowns. I fill the oven with baked potatoes. When they cook all the way I shred them in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet in the freezer until frozen then fill them into a freezer bag. Not sure how long they last because my family loves hashbrowns for breakfast.

  8. LisaG says

    Amazing Tips! I have a pampered chef french fry cutter so it made this whole process SUPER easy! I highly recommend that lil tool for this project!

  9. Nicole says

    Use the potatoes that have grown eyes as seed potatoes in a garden! we do it every year… its a great way to use potatoes that have eyes and we don’t have to buy extra seed potatoes. just but a section from your potato that has two or three eyes growing on it and bury it about 3″ in the ground. cover with dirt, wait about 4 weeks, mound your dirt over, and once the plant flowers, you’ll have easy home grown potatoes! and they taste DELISH! we yielded 18 plants from a bag of potatoes I’d forgotten about last spring!

  10. Tiff W says

    I’m going to try the fries and scalloped potatoes!

    I buy the big bags of potatoes, bake them all up in the oven (about an hour at 350 degrees – don’t forget to poke holes in them with a knife or fork or you will have a big bag of grenades going off in the oven). I them take them out, let them cool, cut them into chunks and put them in bags to freeze. When I want to use them, I take the bag out of the freezer and fry them – perfect fried potatoes for breakfasts (or sometimes dinners). You can also do this with sweet potatoes. Fried sweet potatoes for breakfast are so good!

    You can also take the baked potatoes, cut the tops off, add butter and shredded cheese after they have cooled and freeze them. It’s an easy lunch – just take them out of the freezer and microwave for a couple of minutes and you have a baked potato. :)

  11. Melissa V. says

    Thanks for sharing Tiff. I love fried potatos i am gonna have to try your way, potatos usually go bad if I buy a big bag, i just buy a couple at a time. Thanks Angela for sharing this post, i gotta try the fries as I love those as well & I always gotta have fries when we make burgers. :-)

  12. says

    You can also make twice baked potatoes (Lots of recipes around, I found mine on pinterest). I did this around the end of summer with about 12 potatoes but im giong to try the scallop potatoes. I LOVE scallop potatoes!!!!!

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