Baked potatoes are so versatile. Baked potatoes can be a loaded dinner or a perfect side dish. There are truly so many reasons to love baked potatoes. But how can you keep them in the freezer so that you have your ultimate comfort food on hand all the time? We asked expert chefs and cooks about this and here's the big and cold reveal.
Baked potatoes do well in the freezer. Just make sure you cook them properly right before they're just about done. Give them time to cool down completely before you wrap each one tightly with aluminum foil. Then, put them inside a freezer bag or airtight container. Don't forget to put a label and the storage date before you keep them in the freezer.
Continue reading because we've got more tips from our chefs about the proper way to prepare our favorite spuds for freezing whether they are whole, stuffed, or twice-baked. We'll also share with you how to thaw and reheat them properly so that you can enjoy these taters for dinner without any hassle.
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What is the best way to freeze baked potatoes?
Freezing baked potatoes is a good way to extend their shelf life. You can prepare them earlier or keep your leftovers in the freezer so you can devour them later. You can also be assured that you have something great to serve your family and friends. With just a little dressing up, your frozen spuds can even be a full meal by themselves. But of course, it all begins with the proper freezer preparation technique.
How do you prepare baked potatoes for freezing?
You've got to make sure that you cook your potatoes properly so that they can retain their texture and flavor even when frozen. As such, you need to know the right technique for freezer preparation so that your taters will do well in the freezer. Here are some tips for you.
Whole baked potatoes
- Do not season your potatoes before baking. Also, do not put any oil on your taters as fatty substances do not usually freeze well.
- If you're planning to freeze whole baked potatoes, put some holes in them by sticking your fork into their surface before you bake them. Then, wrap each tater with aluminum foil.
- Do not bake your potatoes until they're fully done. Stop right at the moment before they're fully done. It should take you around 30 minutes in the oven to achieve this texture.
- Remove the foil and wait for them to cool down completely.
- Place them on a baking sheet leaving some space in between each vegetable.
- Flash freeze them for an hour.
- Wrap each one with aluminum foil.
- Place them inside a freezer bag.
- Put a label with the date on it.
- Follow your trusted recipe for stuffed potatoes but stop at that moment when you have to put onions and sour cream on your taters.
- Allow them to cool completely after baking.
- Place them on a sheet pan. Do not put any cover on your baked potatoes yet.
- Put them inside the freezer until they're solid.
- Cover each stuffed potato with aluminum foil.
- Put them inside a freezer bag and put a label and date on the packaging.
Can you freeze twice-baked potatoes?
Twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. They can be a meal by themselves or the perfect side for your steaks, ribs, and roasts. These taters are stuffed with sour cream, cheese, and everything nice! And the good news is you can prepare them ahead of time and store them in the freezer so you can enjoy them anytime.
Here's how to freeze those cheesy and creamy twice-baked potatoes:
- Follow your favorite recipe. Stop at the point where you stuff your potato skins with fillings. You can load them with bacon and mushrooms but don't put other ingredients that don't freeze well such as your cheese and sour cream.
- Allow them to cool completely.
- Cover each one with aluminum foil or you can also put them inside an airtight container.
- Label and put the date outside before you freeze them.
- Use within 3 months for best results.
Do baked potatoes freeze well?
Baking potatoes does wonders to how these vegetables fare in the cold. Whereas uncooked potatoes generally don't do well in the freezer, baking them makes them better able to stand the cold. As long as they are cooked and stored properly, baked potatoes can be kept in the freezer for 3 to 4 months and they will maintain their fresh quality during this period. Consume within this time frame as their texture and taste will change beyond this point. They will still be safe to eat but your baked taters won't be as appetizing anymore.
How to thaw Frozen baked potatoes
There are two safe ways to defrost your frozen spuds. You can put them in the fridge overnight. Or if you're pressed for time, you can put your potatoes in the microwave and use the defrost setting. It's best to just take the number of potatoes that you'll use for serving and then thaw those taters while keeping the rest in the freezer. This is a great way to prevent food waste.
How do you reheat frozen baked potatoes?
To serve your twice-baked potatoes that have been thawed in the fridge overnight, bake them straight away:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Take off the plastic wrap on your potatoes if there are any.
- Prepare a baking dish and spray lightly with some oil.
- Cover your potatoes with aluminum foil to seal in the heat while baking.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Uncover your potatoes and put your cheese and favorite toppings.
- Put them back in the oven and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes. Or wait until the potatoes are completely warm and the cheese on top is bubbly.
You can also put your frozen-twice-baked potatoes in the microwave to heat them faster. Use the high-power setting and put your potatoes in a microwave-safe dish. Leave them uncovered. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until they reach the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit so that they're safe to serve for dinner.
In much the same way, when it's finally time to use your whole baked or stuffed potatoes as the perfect side dish to your roasted chicken, you can simply reheat them from their frozen state using the oven or microwave and they'll be ready to eat!
Using the Oven
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove any wrappings on your frozen baked potatoes.
- Place them on a baking sheet.
- Put your taters at the center of the oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until your potatoes reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can top with cheese, sour cream, or butter before serving.
Using the Microwave
- Remove the cover from your frozen baked potatoes.
- Put them in a microwave-safe container.
- Heat on high for a couple of minutes. Make sure you achieve the safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before removing from the microwave.
- Put your favorite toppings then serve immediately.
Freeze your baked potatoes properly by giving them enough time to cool down after cooking then covering each one with aluminum foil to seal in the freshness. This way, you always have this well-loved dish on hand to complement your meat recipes or they can also be an amazing main course with the right combination of everyone's favorite ingredients in a spud.