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Many cooks think you can’t freeze mashed potatoes, but with proper preparation you can freeze this delicious side dish in small or family size servings. You can store mashed potatoes for several months using these easy steps.

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Go ahead and prepare your favorite mashed potato recipe. Cool the potatoes slightly after you finish preparing them.

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Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

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Use the ice cream scoop to scoop the mashed potatoes onto the baking sheet. Use as many baking sheets as you need to scoop out all of the mashed potatoes.

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Place the baking sheets into the freezer and freeze the mashed potato scoops for approximately two hours (until they freeze solid).

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Remove the baking sheets from the freezer and package the potato scoops in freezer bags. Fill the freezer bags with as many scoops of mashed potatoes as will easily fit and then tightly seal the bags.

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Write the date and the contents on the outside of the bag with the permanent marker. Place the bags into the freezer until you are ready to use.

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Remove only as many mashed potato scoops as you need when you are ready to thaw and serve. Defrost the mashed potatoes in the refrigerator for approximately eight hours.

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Heat the mashed potatoes in the oven or microwave until heated through and serve. One scoop of mashed potatoes makes a child-size serving and two scoops makes an adult-size serving.

Tip

To freeze a family-size portion of mashed potatoes, place the prepared mashed potatoes into the baking dish and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Write the date and contents on the aluminum foil and until you are ready to use. Remove from the freezer, defrost in the refrigerator for 8 to 10 ten hours, and then bake them at 350 degrees F until they brown slightly on top and heat through.

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