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Can raw potatoes be frozen?

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Potatoes can be frozen by following a few handy steps. Prior to freezing, briefly scald the potatoes in hot water or steam. This process, called blanching, preserves the color, flavor and texture of the potato.

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Can raw potatoes be frozen?
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Cool the potatoes for 5 to 10 minutes in ice water. Loosely pack the potatoes into containers or zipper bags, squeezing out as much excess air as possible. For optimum quality, use vacuum-sealed bags which help prevent freezer burn. The recommended storage time is 12 months to preserve high-quality taste and texture. The ideal freezer temperature remains consistent with no thawing cycles. Once thawed for use, the potatoes produce extra water. Before using, cut a small slit in the bag and drain.

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