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Can You Vacuum Seal Potatoes?

Posted on August 04 2017

Can you vacuum seal potatoes

According to The Atlantic- Health, 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 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 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.

French fries

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.

Dehydrated Potatoes

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.

Twice Baked Potatoes

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.

Sous Vide Potatoes 

These are a super easy way to have the perfect potatoes ready to go at a moments notice on hand in the freezer. Try out this recipe for Easy Sous Vide Potatoes >


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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  • FoodVacBags: December 07, 2021

    Hi Larry – Unfortunately, the Preservation of whole raw potatoes through vacuum sealing is not effective. This is because they get to retain a lot of moisture which will alter the preservation. Potatoes need more preparation for long-term storage.

  • Larry: December 07, 2021

    If vacuumed sealed and kept in a dark space how long would whole potatoes last? In the movie the Martian they lasted over two years….possible?

  • FoodVacBags: July 26, 2021

    Hi Richard – Unfortunately, the preservation of whole raw potatoes through vacuum sealing is not effective. This is because they get to retain a lot of water which will alter the preservation. They will become mushy and will eventually go bad.

  • richard: July 26, 2021

    Can you vacuum seal a whole potato but not freeze it to extend self life.

  • FoodVacBags: October 02, 2020

    Hi Douglas – You cannot vacuum seal and freeze potatoes as they are (whole or raw). Frozen whole potatoes tend to lose their texture and consistency. They are also difficult to completely dry after washing them. The residual moisture will reduce their lifespan in the freezer even if you vacuum seal them.

  • Douglas Pourier: October 02, 2020

    Can I vacseal potatoes whole? If so, how would i prepare them? This my first time, and need a little guidance. I read about the other ways of doing this but I don’t want to do so unless i have to.

  • FoodVacBags: August 24, 2020

    Hi Andrea – Potatoes that are sliced will hold up best if stored in cold water and in a fridge or a cooler. They can last at least a couple days if you do it this way. Using a FoodVacBag for storing them in the cooler with the water will help keep the water that’s in with your potatoes cooler and will be easy to pack up!

  • Andrea Fair: August 24, 2020

    1. Going camping with no refrigeration- can we slice raw potatoes, vacuum seal them and have them Not be refrigerated for 24-48 hours before cooking them? Thanks for your response

  • FoodVacBags: July 30, 2020

    Hi Sheila – Unfortunately, you need to partially cook your French fries before vacuum sealing and freezing them. If you skip this step, they tend to turn into mush.

  • Sheila Stuckey : July 30, 2020

    Hi – I wanted to ask you what will happen after we have food saved the potatoes after cutting them up raw as french fries and vacuum sealed them raw? we didn’t think to look up how to vacuum seal french fries! we just went on and cut them up raw and sealed them in a good saver bag ! after reading how to freeze french fries in a food saver i was wondering how will these turn out? do we need to pull them out of freezer and thaw them out and start over? Thanks for your advice !

  • FoodVacBags: January 30, 2020

    Hi Laura. Unfortunately this is a difficult question to answer just yes or no. The fresher your potatoes the better the outcome. Good luck.

  • Laura C Gaetz: January 30, 2020

    Quick question I need to pre-prep some potatoes raw for a dish I’m making when I get to a different location the approximately 24 hours will vacuum sealing work if just refrigerating to prevent Browning thanks for your help.

  • FoodVacBags: December 19, 2019

    Hello Debbie! Sweet potatoes can be cut and vacuum sealed up to 24 hrs outside the fridge. They should be cooked before putting in the fridge or freezer.

  • Debbie Mann: December 19, 2019

    Good afternoon! I would like to know if you can vacuum sealed raw peeled sweet potatoes and not refrigerate for 24 hours?

    Thanking you in advance for your assistance!
    Debbie Mann

  • FoodVacBags: October 11, 2019

    Jen, Yes! To bake and serve frozen potatoes directly from the freezer, unwrap the potatoes and place in a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 425°F for 35 to 45 minutes or until mostly warm.

  • Jen: October 11, 2019

    Hi. Can baked potatoes be frozen in food saver bags?

  • Bee: December 27, 2018

    Can I vacuum pack potatoes for French fries raw and leave in the refrigerator overnight and use the next day?

  • Jan: October 13, 2018

    A couple of days ago I cut French fries, tossed in oil and spices then vacuum sealed and they’re in the fridge, no blanching. How long will they last in the fridge? They look perfect after a couple of days.

  • FoodVacBags: June 04, 2018

    Georgeann – Yes, but be sure to let them cool off first by rinsing them with some cold water to stop the cooking process.

  • FoodVacBags: June 04, 2018

    Jane – Thanks for the information!

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