Are you wanting to learn how to freeze potatoes for chips?
In this post, we’ll be discussing the multiple ways you can freeze potatoes specifically how best to freeze them when you plan to use them for homemade chips at a later date.
We’ll also cover the best thawing methods, so when the time comes for you to use your potatoes you can plan accordingly.
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 Potatoes For Chips
Start by peeling your potatoes. This is a great time to also remove any of the scabs, bruises or green spots from your potatoes.
To begin you’re going to want to scrub your potatoes under warm running water.
Then pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Get a large bowl and fill it with cold water. We’ll be putting our cut potatoes in here to prevent them from turning grey and to remove any excess starch or surface sugars.
Now, it’s time to begin cutting your potatoes.
You’ll want to cut them longways so they are around half an inch thick.
Now, it’s time to pre-cook the homemade chips by blanching them.
Blanching potatoes slows the enzyme process down preventing a loss of flavour, colour and texture.
To blanch your cut potato chips you’ll want to tip them into a pot of boiling water – being careful not to injure yourself from the splashback.
Wait a couple of minutes and then transfer the cut chips into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
After around five minutes the potatoes should have cooled. In which case you’ll be able to remove them from the ice water bath and dry them. This can either be done naturally on a kitchen towel or by gently rubbing them with a paper cloth or towel.
Now, it’s time to begin the freezing process.
To prevent the chips sticking together we’re going to flash freeze them in a single layer on a sheet pan.
Separate the layers on a sheet pan by using parchment paper.
Depending on the setting, this flash-freezing process will take anything from 4 – 8 hours.
Once your cut potatoes are frozen you can transfer them to a bag or storage container and they won’t stick together.
Be sure to write the item contents and date on the chips. They’ll be suitable for consumption up to three months after freezing.
How To Thaw Homemade Chips
To defrost your homemade chips take them out of the freezer and preheat your oven to 450°F.
You don’t want to thaw the potato chips before cooking as the moisture will simply absorb into the chips and make them soggy.
Spray a sheet pan with an oil of your choice and spread your portion of chips across the top.
Once the chips are laid out, spray them again with oil and bake in the oven for between 15 to 25 minutes – or until they are crispy.
You can cook them as normal (as you would store-purchased frozen chips) in a deep fat fryer or an air fryer too if you prefer.