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How to Freeze Homemade Potato Fries

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author image Chance Woods
Chance Woods has been a personal trainer since 2002, specializing in fitness and nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.
How to Freeze Homemade Potato Fries
Freeze sliced potatoes ahead of time for a homemade snack. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Potatoes turn brown when they are cut and allowed to sit before cooking. In order to prevent this natural browning and keep their products looking tasty, commercial producers of french fries and other frozen potato products add chemicals such as disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate to their potatoes. You can eliminate these chemicals from your dinner by making your own french fries and freezing them ahead of time. They will turn brown, but the brown color is not harmful and it goes away during cooking, so you won't need to treat the potatoes with anything special to prevent it.

Baked French Fries

Step 1

Peheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler if you prefer your french fries without skin.

Step 3

Slice each potato to the french fry thickness of your choice.

Step 4

Toss the sliced potatoes in just enough vegetable oil to coat them.

Step 5

Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and the seasonings of your choice and toss them once more until they are well-coated.

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Step 6

Spread the oiled potatoes out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Step 7

Bake the fries for 20 to 55 minutes depending upon their thickness, turning them once about halfway through the cooking time. When they are done, a fork will easily pierce them.

Step 8

Remove the fries from the oven and set them aside to cool before freezing.

Step 9

Place the fries in a heavy-weight freezer bag and seal them once they have cooled to room temperature. You can store them in the freezer for up to four weeks.

Step 10

Remove the fries from the freezer when you are ready to use them and warm them in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 to 15 minutes until they are fully thawed and crisped to your preference.

French Fries

Step 1

Peel the potatoes with a vegetable peeler if you prefer your french fries without skin.

Step 2

Slice each potato to the french fry thickness of your choice.

Step 3

Arrange the sliced potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for several hours or overnight until they are fully frozen.

Step 4

Place the potatoes in a heavy-weight freezer bag and seal them once they have frozen solid. You can store them in the freezer for up to four weeks.

Step 5

Remove the fries from the freezer the day or morning before you are ready to use them and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator.

Step 6

Preheat the frying oil to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 7

Carefully lower the thawed potatoes in small batches into the frying oil. The batches should be small enough that the oil fully covers the potatoes.

Step 8

Fry each batch of potatoes for five to 10 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Step 9

Lift the potatoes out of the oil and let them drain on paper towels.

Step 10

Sprinkle salt and the seasonings of your choice over the potatoes and serve them.

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References

  • "Yummy Potatoes: 65 Downright Delicious Recipes"; Marlena Spieler and Sheri Giblin; 2007
  • "French Fries"; Zac Williams; 2011
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