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January 4, 2015
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Easy Homemade Freezer HashbrownsI really love hash browns for breakfast.  I had the above with scrambled eggs and sausage patties this morning. They are really easy to make and very inexpensive.  My husband was recently at Aldi and purchased a few 10lb bags for $1.29 each.  What?!  So I made 10lbs of hash browns for the freezer.  That may sound like a lot, but I have 2 teenage boys..one is already 6ft and will be 13 in about 1 week, then my 15yo is 6″ 7″ and then my youngest who is 9 year old pretty tall already too.  So having 3 big boys, they eat quite a bit.  I was able to make 5 servings of hash browns for our family.  One we had this morning and I froze 4 of them.

Best thing about this recipe is that it’s only 1 Ingredient:  Potatoes.

There is a secret to making the perfect hash browns.  Many people complain when making them saying that they end up very watery.  Mine certainly don’t.  Here’s the secret:  You have to first bake the potatoes. Well, you have to first wash the potatoes, then bake them.  Make sure to poke holes in all the potatoes..I use a knife and make several slits in each tater. I also add a little bit of water to the bottom of the pan.  Then just stick them in the oven.  Each oven is different, but I baked mine at 375 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Here they are already baked.  Let them cool.

IMG_0797Once they’ve cooled, I shred them.  They were a little soft, so I will bake them for 1 hour next time.  It’s okay if they are a bit harder, as they will cook a little bit when you prepare them. Don’t worry about the peels, they come right off, as seen below in the top left corner.

IMG_0803I started shredding in a bowl, then just did it directly on the pans.  Once the pans are coated with the taters, you need to flash freeze them for a little bit so that they freeze in this shape and don’t stick together when putting them into bags.  I stuck the pans in the freezer and flash froze them for two hours. The image below shows them already frozen.

IMG_0805And here they are all ready to go into the freezer.  These are just regular storage bags, not even the freezer bags.  These won’t last long, so I don’t worry about it.  You can certainly use a Food Saver to take the air out and make them last longer.  I have one, but I didn’t use it for these.  I just stuck a straw and took out most of the air.

IMG_0809When you’re ready to prepare them.  Just add some oil to a pan (enough to cover the bottom).  Add the frozen hash browns, add salt & pepper and cook them on medium until brown on the bottom, flip and repeat.  Then enjoy!

Yummy hash browns that taste amazing, are super easy to make, are really cheap and have no chemicals or additives.  Doesn’t get better than that!

Let me know if you’ve ever made these or have any questions!

Today I’m sharing this on Living Well Spending Less.

6 comments

    1. You should try them Laurie. Really, they are so simple to make. I love being able to make a huge batch of them and then freeze for future use. That was an awesome deal on the potatoes. We got like 6 bags. A few days back I made a ham and potato soup. I thought I would have enough for at least 2 days worth. But the hubby and kids gobbled it up. I only had enough to give my hubby for lunch today. So much you can do with them. And we ALL really love potatoes.
      I actually wish we had gotten more bags. LOL

  1. thanks for sharing now that i have celiacs i am looking for more inexpensive alternatives 🙂 hash browns have been on my menu lately.

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