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Frozen and Instant Potato Possibilities

More potatoes. More ways to use them in your kitchen.

The Versatile Potato

Cooking with Instant and Frozen Potatoes

Versatility is one of the most wonderful things about potatoes – they come in several varieties and formats, including fresh, frozen, instant, and canned. Potatoes are a nutrient-dense vegetable and provide the energy, potassium, and vitamin C to fuel your day. Whether you cook with fresh, frozen, instant, or canned potatoes, all forms of potatoes fit within a healthy diet (according to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines).

Instant Potatoes

Cooking with Instant Potatoes

Forget washing, peeling, and boiling. Instant/ dehydrated potatoes deliver all the flavor, versatility, and nutrition of real, fresh potatoes because they are real potatoes, minus the water.

Cooking with instant/dehydrated potatoes requires minimum preparation, making them a timesaver in the kitchen. Plus, they store easily and have up to two years of shelf life.

Utilize instant potatoes in your kitchen to enhance your favorite recipes. Below are some recipes you could try with instant when the recipe calls for mashed. Another way to utilize instant potatoes is using them to make your donuts or cookies extra fluffy.

Quick Tip

"Instant potatoes are a fantastic way to save time in the kitchen on a busy weeknight! Use instant potatoes for fluffy mashed potatoes to put in Pot Roast Grinders or as a topping for a simple casserole such as Spuddy Joe Casserole." - Chef RJ Harvey, Culinary Director and a Potato Connoisseur

Spuddy Joe Casserole
Fun Fact

Did you know?

Instant potatoes are made from real potatoes, with the water removed. Because they are made from fresh potatoes, instant potatoes deliver the same nutrients as fresh potatoes.

Frozen Potatoes

Cooking with Frozen Potatoes

Frozen potatoes are not only delicious, but they are a great time saver in the kitchen. They cook up in a matter of minutes and are always a crowd-pleaser. Not only that, but they come in different shapes, sizes, and formats that deliver various textures and flavors. With frozen potatoes, you can find the right spud for you no matter the occasion!

Frozen fries are a delicious way to complement a variety of healthy meals, including salads or eaten alone as a fulfilling snack.

Try the recipes below by using frozen tater drums as an addition to a refreshing salad, or use frozen potatoes as a base.

Remember that frozen potatoes are pre-cooked and take less time to cook than fresh. Adding frozen potatoes towards the end will ensure the potatoes aren’t cooked too much when your recipe is finished. 

Frozen Possibilities

Looking for a crispy after-school snack to feed the kiddos? Frozen potatoes are a cinch in an air fryer or toaster oven. Looking to meal prep fast for an on-the-go breakfast? Frozen potatoes can be combined with eggs and veggies and baked in the oven without pre-boiling or par cooking. Have a hectic day and need a simple side for supper? Reach for frozen potatoes, and in less time than it takes to wait for delivery, you’ll have hot and crispy or rich and creamy spuds to pair with any meal.

All Frozen Recipes

Quick Tip

"Looking for a simple snack or a crowd-pleasing appetizer? Turn to frozen potatoes for great ideas. Frozen hashbrown patties make for great gluten-free bread substitutes like this Hash Brown Spudwich, and frozen fries can be popped in an air fryer and tossed with a delicious sauce like these Sambal Honey Fries." - Chef RJ Harvey, Culinary Director, and potato connoisseur

Fun Fact

Did You Know?

Just like other forms of potatoes, fries deliver essential nutrients that many American’s don’t get enough of each day, such as potassium and vitamin C.

A versatile vegetable for any time of day.

Potatoes’ versatility also means they can easily fit into meals across any personal and cultural preferences for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

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Are there differences in nutrient content between fresh, frozen, and instant (dehydrated) potatoes?

Processed potatoes deliver the same nutrients as fresh potatoes (such as potassium, vitamin C, and fiber), but the amounts will vary depending on the form. Click here to find out more about the nutrient content in potato forms.


Are fries healthy?

Just like other forms of white potatoes, fries deliver essential nutrients that many Americans don’t get enough of each day, particularly, potassium and vitamin C.

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How do I freeze fresh potatoes?

  • Fresh potatoes can be frozen; however, you need to take a few extra steps to ensure their quality will hold up in the freezing process.  First, cook/blanch the potatoes. Blanching means to par-cook and rapidly cool an ingredient.
  • To prepare and freeze your potatoes cut them into whatever shape you plan to use them in. As you cut them into their desired shape, place the potatoes directly into cold water with a tablespoon of lemon juice or distilled vinegar. Don’t worry; this won’t impact the taste of your potatoes; it will just prevent them from oxidizing (turning brown).
  • While the potatoes are cut and soaking in the water, get ready to cook the potatoes. For cut or grated potatoes, cook the potatoes until they are partially cooked, not raw but not cooked all the way. This will ensure that you’re able to cook the potatoes to the correct doneness when you go to prepare them out of the freezer. You will want to either boil or steam your potatoes.
  • Once the potatoes are partially cooked, cool them rapidly to stop the cooking. To do this, drain the potatoes if they were boiled and spread them on a baking sheet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Arrange the potatoes in an even layer and place them in a cool spot in your kitchen or even in the refrigerator until they are cool enough to handle.
  • Once the potatoes are blanched and cool, now place them in the freezer.
  • Potatoes can be seasoned at this stage, so they are ready to heat right out of the freezer. To season the spud, lightly spray them with canola or vegetable oil. These oils are recommended since they can take the highest heat. Once the potatoes have been sprayed with oil, choose your favorite seasoning. Lightly sprinkle the seasoning on the potatoes, gently turn them over with a spatula, and season the other side. Place the baking sheet of seasoned potatoes into the freezer and allow to freeze overnight.
  • Once the potatoes are frozen, they can be bagged in resealable freezer bags and stored for 10-12 months. Although they are best when used within six months.