Monday, March 22, 2010

Food Lion, 40 lbs of potatoes, Precooking & freezing day One


A couple of weeks ago Food Lion had their 5 lb. bags of russet potatoes for 99 cents, and needless to say, we stocked up! So I decided to make Saturday - Potato day. I got out my food processor and started with shredding potatoes for hash browns. I rinsed, blanched, then put into mounds on a sheet pan and froze them, then put them into quart sized freezer bags. Then I moved on to sliced potatoes, rinsed, blanched and laid out in a single layer on baking sheets and froze, then put into gallon sized freezer bags. Next was twice baked potatoes, so I "baked" them in the microwave, cut off tops, scooped out insides and mixed with butter, milk, sour cream and cheese and refilled the potatoes and topped with crumbled bacon. Placed them on a baking sheet and froze, then wrapped each one and put into a gallon size freezer bag. The plan was to do a couple more types later. Now I was ready to make french fries so I got out the box thingy with the slicer attachments on top and proceeded to put the plastic holder into each potato and push across the cutter for perfect french fries. By the third potato, I realized that I was going to be looking into buying something that would do french fry style slices in an easier way...and then it was over.....


After yelling for Jeff to come help me, him cleaning and wrapping my wound, then proceeding to throw said slicer out....potato day was over. I spent the rest of the day with my hand in the air .

All in all, I did pretty well though.  I ended up with 3 quart baggies of shredded hash browns, 1 gallon baggie with 8 twice baked potatoes, 3 gallon baggies of sliced potatoes....and 1/2 a gallon baggie of french fries.