I recently found 5-pound bags of organic potatoes on sale for only .99 each, so of course I had to buy two. However, since organic potatoes are not sprayed with a sprout inhibitor, I was confronted with about seven pounds of sprouting potatoes about a week later.
You know I try very hard not to throw food away and yet- I don’t want to eat potatoes for the next week, either. Here are some ways I found to use potatoes before they become shriveled and inedible.
Well, after you’ve washed them and cut off all the sprouts, that is.
(or regular potatoes, for that matter…)
1. Bake them and make some into Twice Baked Potatoes- to eat now or freeze for later (to freeze: after stuffing- but before the second baking – lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze completely before storing in plastic bags for up to 3 months. Thaw and bake as normal).
2. Bake them and grate some for Freezer Hash Browns. Love this so much- I’ve just done without hash browns for years because I didn’t want all the extra ingredients that come with store-bought. My family is really enjoying these again and it’s very convenient.
3. Bake them and cut some for Freezer Home Fries. Same as the grated recipe in #2- just chop them to freeze and when you’re ready to eat, just cook them with butter, onions, and peppers.
4. Bake them and use a few for Loaded Baked Potato Soup.
5. Peel and mash them – to eat now or freeze for later (the make-ahead mashed potato recipe with cream cheese seems to work best for freezing).
6. Bake them and save a few to make these awesome looking egg, cheese & bacon-stuffed potatoes for breakfast.
7. Of course, if it’s potato-planting time where you live, you could always plant them in the the ground – and if you haven’t grown potatoes before, make sure to check out my easy potato planting method.
How do you like to use up potatoes?
This is linked to Frugal Friday @LifeAsMom.