I’ve been going through a lot of frozen shredded hash brown potatoes the last few months. It’s not something that I used to use much, but I started making breakfast casseroles and I’m using them like never before and loving it. My favorite breakfast casseroles usually involve ingredients like - shredded hash brown potatoes, cheese, milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, and more cheese…. :) Yum! It’s a great dish to bring to a brunch potluck.
I found out how to make homemade hash browns from The Finer Things in Life and decided to give it a try.
I have to tell you that I changed it up a little by baking them at a higher temperature and also just placing them on the oven racks, rather than in a covered dish. My method probably made them be a bit drier. They seemed to turn out fine when I used them, though. I also peeled my potatoes before shredding. I’m including my steps so you can decide which way you prefer. Amy’s tutorial is great and very helpful, too.
I gently washed and pricked an almost-full ten pound bag of potatoes and placed them in my 400 degree oven. I baked them on the racks for about 45-50 minutes until they were completely soft.
Once they were fully baked, I removed them from the oven and placed them in a bowl in the refrigerator. I allowed them to cool overnight. The next day I peeled the chilled potatoes.
Peeled, cooked and chilled potatoes are not the prettiest things I have ever seen… They definitely have “character.” Peeling the potatoes wasn’t hard, but it did take a few moments. It was probably the most time consuming part of the whole process, but it wasn’t difficult because the peel comes off easily once they are cooked.
I set up my food processor and shredded all of my cooked potatoes in a few minutes. (If you don’t have a food processor you can hand grate them.) I was so thrilled! I’m not sure why I never thought of shredding my own cooked potatoes before. I ended up filling approximately 3 1-gallon Ziploc bags and I felt that they were each equivalent to a 32 ounce bag from the grocery store.
If you prefer for your hash browns pieces to break apart easily it is recommended that you spread them out on a large cookie sheet and freeze them that way before putting them into a bag together. I opted to just put them in the bag together right away.
I’m so happy I no longer have to buy shredded hashbrown potatoes from the store. I know that I saved money by making them myself. Even better is that I have another great way to use up a bag of potatoes before they go bad, and I can tuck the shredded potatoes away in the freezer for easy use when I need them. Win!
I used my first batch of shredded potatoes to make a casserole that I took to a brunch this morning. It turned out wonderfully! Too bad I forgot to snap a picture.
Have you ever made your own cooked and shredded hash brown potatoes? What’s your favorite way to use them?
Update: I found it’s definitely best to lay them out on a pan if you want to be able to use just a portion of the bag. By freezing them all together in the bag, they froze together in a solid mass. That’s fine if you want to use an entire bag and thaw them before use. :)
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