Many cooks think you can't freeze mashed potatoes, but with proper preparation you can freeze this delicious side dish in small or family size servings. You can store mashed potatoes for several months using these easy steps.
Go ahead and prepare your favourite mashed potato recipe. Cool the potatoes slightly after you finish preparing them.
Line the baking tray with parchment paper.
Use the ice cream scoop to scoop the mashed potatoes onto the baking tray. Use as many baking trays as you need to scoop out all of the mashed potatoes.
Place the baking trays into the freezer and freeze the mashed potato scoops for approximately two hours (until they freeze solid).
Remove the baking trays from the freezer and package the potato scoops in freezer bags. Fill the freezer bags with as many scoops of mashed potatoes as will easily fit and then tightly seal the bags.
Write the date and the contents on the outside of the bag with the permanent marker. Place the bags into the freezer until you are ready to use.
Remove only as many mashed potato scoops as you need when you are ready to thaw and serve. Defrost the mashed potatoes in the refrigerator for approximately eight hours.
Heat the mashed potatoes in the oven or microwave until heated through and serve. One scoop of mashed potatoes makes a child-size serving and two scoops makes an adult-size serving.
To freeze a family-size portion of mashed potatoes, place the prepared mashed potatoes into the baking dish and cover tightly with aluminium foil. Write the date and contents on the aluminium foil and until you are ready to use. Remove from the freezer, defrost in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 ten hours, and then bake them at 176 degrees C until they brown slightly on top and heat through.