11/14/12

Freezer Meals: Frozen French Fries






Absolutely NEVER buy another bag of frozen french fries again! It is super easy to make your own bags of french fries, you can control the amount of fat and oil that the fries are prepared in, and you know where and how the potatoes were grown.

Right now it is a few weeks before Thanksgiving and bags of potatoes and sweet potatoes (have you seen the price of sweet potato fries in the store?) are on sale. Even though this is a busy time of year, it's the best time to be thrifty and take advantage of the sales.

Jan's tip: You may find it easier to buy a french fry cutter. They run about 15 dollars and are a good investment if you plan on making these on a regular basis. I just used a knife and cut down about 15 potatoes in less than 10 minutes.

Frozen French Fries

Ingredients:
potatoes
olive oil
seasonings if desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Peel potatoes (if you must, I detest peeling them, so I leave the skins on!) and cut into desired shapes
(wedges, shoestring, etc).









Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl of ice water while you work. (Keeps them from turning brown.)









Drain potatoes and lay on single layer on baking pans.

Drizzle fries with olive oil, season with any desired seasonings.  Gently toss fries to coat. (You can throw them all in a bowl or bag and shake them if you'd prefer).









Cook fries till just done. (Your not going for brown and crispy here, just cook the potatoes through)











Place pans of fries directly in the freezer so that the fries flash freeze individually in a single layer.
Jan's Tip: Don't try to move or jostle them too much, they will break apart. 

When fries are frozen, remove pans from freezer and place fries in ziplock bags or airtight containers in the freezer. (You may need to use a spatula to pop some of them off the pan.)
Make Your Own Frozen French Fries
These 2 gallon bags of fries came from 15 average sized potatoes

TO COOK FROZEN FRIES:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Pull out desired amount of frozen fries and place them  onto lightly greased cookie sheet, and bake till desired crispiness. Approx. 15 min.
(Or you can deep fry them if you prefer).
DO NOT THAW FRIES FIRST.
Make Your Own French Fries


16 comments:

  1. I can't believe this!! Who knew?? I can tell you, I'll be having some fries now. I don't like buying the frozen fries in the store, but I'd do this. Thanks for sharing!
    ~~Lori

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    1. You'll love them Lori! Glad you found them!
      Jan

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  2. I'm tempted ...
    xo
    BShell

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    1. I am waving a hot, crispy HOMEMADE fry in front of you right now! LOL Stay Strong!

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  3. I like to roast potatoes and sweet potatoes - we rarely buy them frozen! So much tastier fresh.

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    1. You are sooo right, about fresh is best! And I totally invite you over to make them for me too! Just kidding. I do love fresh, but this recipe is great on those nights when you are running in 3 different directions and need dinner fast, but slow roasted fresh? Who can top that?

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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    1. You are so nice! Thanks for that!
      Jan

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  6. Awesome idea! Seems pretty easy so I'll have to give it a try! Visiting from Fresh Eggs Daily :)

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      Jan

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  7. Do I cover the fries when I put them in the freezer?

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    1. No need if you are flash freezing them and then pulling them out to repackage the individually frozen fries, but of course it won't hurt if you do, as long as the cover is non stick.

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  8. Approximately how long do you leave them in the freezer to flash freeze and how long do they keep in the freezer?

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    1. Kathleen, I flash freeze for about an hour depending on thickness of fries, but an hour is usually sufficient. I've kept mine up to 6 months. I am sure they may keep longer but I've never made it longer than that!
      Jan

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