Posted on August 04 2017
According to QSI Produce, potatoes are America’s most-consumed vegetable; we’re constantly eating them! Potatoes are an easy and popular crop to grow at home that can provide a lot of tubers for to feed your family. It’s no surprise then that many people ask us if potatoes can be vacuum sealed. The answer is yes, but potatoes are a fickle bunch when it comes to storage. Trying to vacuum seal and freeze a raw potato whole simply won’t work. So, you’ll have to prepare your potatoes for storage.
Mashed potato patties
One of the easiest ways to seal and store potatoes is as mashed potato patties. Whip up a batch of your favorite mashed potatoes. Then, create patties on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the sheet in the freezer until the patties are solid. Transfer the mashed potato patties into a FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bag and seal.
Of course, French fries are the most popular use for potatoes. You can vacuum seal these, too. Cut your potatoes into fries and fry them for a short period of time, but remove them before they brown. Drain the oil, and freeze them on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer the fries to your vacuum sealer bag. When you are ready to eat them, simply remove them from the bag and finish frying them.
Another great way to store potatoes is to cut them into slices or cubes (depending on what you are using them for) and dehydrate them. Once they’re dried, you can vacuum seal them. When you are ready to use them, your dehydrated potatoes can be rehydrated by adding them to soups and stews or boiling them.
Lastly, if you like twice baked potatoes, why not save time at dinner by making a batch to save for later? You won’t be able to vacuum seal them in bags, but they can keep well in the freezer when stored in a vacuum seal canister. When you’re ready to eat, just pull one out to reheat and reseal the rest.
So, to sum it all up, potatoes can be vacuum sealed, but you will have to get a bit creative. On the plus side, preparing them before sealing makes preparing dinner that much faster! Do you have any creative ways to store potatoes? Let us know in the comments below!
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