Learning how to freeze potato chips will vastly extend the life of any of these salty treats you buy.
Instead of resigning yourself to losing leftover chips to inevitable staleness, you can save them to snack on for months.
The best part is the process is quick, easy, and free.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Potato Chips
The only things you need to freeze potato chips are a freezer, an airtight container, and the chips themselves.
This process works just as well for chips with ruffles, kettle-cooked, and all flavour varieties.
The package that the chips originally come in will do if it is unopened. Make sure to check for punctures in the bag, as the air tight seal is crucial.
Once you’re certain the bag is intact, you simply place it into the freezer as is.
In the very likely case that you’ve already opened the bag and snacked on the chips, you’ll have to find something else to place them in before putting them in the freezer.
If it’s a bag, make sure it can be sealed airtight, like a Ziploc bag.
Lidded bowls can also do the trick, but a bag is preferable because you can easily squeeze out most of the air before sealing.
Why do you need to squeeze out the air? Because air contains moisture, and it’s moisture that makes chips limp and stale.
When they are cooked, most of the water is fried or baked out of them. In their new dry state, they are essentially magnets for water molecules in the air.
When you put them in the freezer, chips don’t really freeze the way most things do. The tiny amount of water in them is crystalized so it can’t make them stale.
They can maintain that just out of the bag freshness for 3 months in this state.
How To Defrost Potato Chips
Because the chips in the freezer don’t actually freeze, you don’t have to defrost them.
They are ready to eat immediately if you don’t mind the cold. In fact, some people in up preferring them this way.
For those who want the classic experience of a chip at room temperature, the defrosting method is just as simple as the freezing.
Take the container out of the freezer, and set it on the counter. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before opening, long enough for the chips to reach the ambient temperature.
Then open your container, and enjoy your perfectly preserved snack!