Can you freeze-cut potatoes?

In this brief guide we will answer the following query,” can you freeze cut potatoes?” we will get to know the health benefits and nutritional value of potatoes and we will also know about the changes in the frozen potatoes.

Can you freeze-cut potatoes?

Yes, you can freeze cut potatoes to store them for a longer duration. You can store potatoes in both cooked and uncooked forms. Potatoes are a starchy vegetable that is everyone’s favourite. 

Potatoes go well for about 1 week at room temperature but it can be stored for upto 1 month in the winter season at room temperature. The shelf life of potatoes increases in the freezer; they can be stored in the freezer for upto 12 months.

Do potatoes provide any nutritional value?

Potatoes mainly contain carbohydrates. Potatoes are also a good source of minerals and vitamins. This starchy vegetable is also full of energy and its major calories come from carbohydrates.

100 g of potato has the following nutrients in it.

Nutrient Value 
Energy 366 kcal 
Water 79 %
Carbohydrates 81 g 
Protein 9 g
Fats 0.4 g
Fibre 10.5 g
Calcium 59 mg
Magnesium 110 mg
Phosphorus 271 mg
Potassium 2005 mg
Sodium 29 mg
Zinc 1.3 mg
Niacin 5 mg
Vitamin C94 mg
Pantothenic acid1.4 mg
Vitamin B61.4 mg
Vitamin A10 IU
Folate 76 mcg
Vitamin K 9 mcg

In how many ways can you freeze cut potatoes?

You can freeze cut potatoes in both cooked and raw forms. Storing it in the freezer in raw form will alter the colour and texture to some extent that’s why it is recommended to blanch them before freezing.

We have some following ways in which we can freeze cut potatoes.

Store in cube form

You can freeze potatoes in cube form. This cut is good for adding potatoes to stew and gravies. You can also roast or grill cut potatoes.

  • First, you need to peel the skin of your potatoes and cut them into cube form.
  • Wash them properly and add them to the boiling water.
  • Add salt to the water. If your potato pieces are small in size they will take less time to blanch.
  • Immediately remove them from the boiling water once they are done and add them to the ice-cold water.
  • Remove them from the water and dry them with the help of a tissue or a towel.
  • Now add them to an air-tight bag and store them in the freezer. 
  • You just need to put them in the oven when you need to defrost them.

Freeze them in french fries form

You can also freeze half-done french fries. This will save your time when you are ready to eat them.

  • Cut the potatoes in a fries shape.
  • Blanch them in hot water as the method mentioned above.
  • Now first freeze them in the freezer on the tray.
  • After 3-4 hours transfer them to the airtight box or bag.
  • Directly fry them when you want to eat fresh fries. 

What are the health benefits of eating potatoes?

The health benefits of eating potatoes are as under:

  • Potatoes are a good source of carbohydrates. The potato adds many calories to the food and it is also served as a side dish in many meals in the form of potato wedges and mashed potatoes.
  • Potatoes are a good source of fibres. Around 10 % of potatoes contain fibres. These fibres help you lose weight, they give you the feeling of fullness. Potatoes also help in preventing diseases like CVD and type 2 diabetes due to the presence of fibres in them.
  • Potatoes have many compounds that act as an antioxidant. Research has proven that antioxidants present in potatoes help suppress the liver and colon cancer cells.
  • Potatoes contain resistant starch in them which is helpful to maintain a healthy gut. Bacteria present in the colon break down starch into short-chain fatty acids and these short-chain fatty acids are the food of the gut bacteria.
  • Potatoes are a good choice for people who want to gain weight. Potatoes give you a good amount of calories which helps in weight gain.
  • Potato is also a good source of carbs for people who are suffering from celiac disease meaning they are on a gluten-free diet.

What are the health concerns of eating frozen potatoes?

Potatoes can get mushier once they are defrosted in the oven. So if you want them to be tender then try to freeze them in larger pieces.

Potatoes can get contaminated with microbes and pathogens like listeria that can cause food-borne diseases upon consumption.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide we answered the following query,” can you freeze cut potatoes?” we got to know the health benefits and nutritional value of potatoes and we also got to know about the changes in the frozen potatoes.

References 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21888504/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19149749/