Gluttier and gluttier – excess allotment crops

According to the Allotment Cookbook by Kathryn Hawkins, you can boil new potatoes, drain and toss in melted butter, and put in a freezer bag, and they will survive being frozen for 6 months. Has anybody tried this method?

I’m making lots of potato ‘things’, like our favourite mashed potato laced with strong cheese, steamed red chicory, bacon bits and chopped onion, which is then packed into containers and frozen – lovely with summer cabbage, for example. I’ve never tried freezing whole new potatoes though and the idea has its appeal.

Our Pink Fir Apple potatoes have gone insane – they must have heard me saying I was disappointed and bucked their ideas up, because we have bushels of them and they are delicious, but even I can’t eat potatoes more than twice a day. We’ve had potato soup, potato salad (hot and cold), potato and cucumber soup (cold), potato mash, fried potatoes with shallots and baked new potatoes with mint dressing. So new ideas would be welcome.

And even as I speak, the borlotti beans are making a bid for glut status – although I know what to do with them: dry them!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Saturday, July 25, 2009

9 Comments:

OpenID nipitinthebud said...

I'd never think of freezing potatoes but then I've not had great success with freezing in general. I find our potatoes store well and cook so quickly I'd be reluctant to try it in case they were rubbish. I often cook more than I need to eat cold in salads the next day so perhaps I'll sacrifice a couple - it could be brilliant after all and probably fine for mash at least.

July 25, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
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July 26, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

... you can boil new potatoes, drain and toss in melted butter, and put in a freezer bag, and they will survive being frozen for 6 months. Has anybody tried this method?

Freeze potatoes! No, not me. I'd likewise be interested to hear of results from those who have done this, but on the face of it, sounds awful.

In my experience the only two vegetables that freeze without losing flavour are peas and broad beans. But new potatoes stand to lose something even more important - their 'newness' :)

July 26, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Nip and Mark, I'm going to try the experiment - just imagine if they do hold that wonderful fresh-dug taste when you take them out of the freezer in November. It's got to be worth a try at least ...

July 28, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

Right, we'll let you be the guinea pig and give it a go. Please make sure you report back. (When you put it like that, then yes, if it retains the taste of new potatoes in the middle of winter, that would be a thing of joy).

And nipitinthebud, please report also if you give it a try. I can't yet, I'm a good five or six months away from new potatoes.

July 28, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
OpenID allotments4you.com said...

I have a HUGE glut of marrows and not many people to palm them off on...besides stuffing them and jamming them any other ideas????

August 2, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Jo - Marrow Jam? Cut the stalk from a fresh marrow and scoop out the seeds leaving as much flesh as possible. Pack with brown sugar and replace the top. Now skewer some holes in the bottom, put it in an old pair of tights and hand it over a bowl.

You can also add ginger or raisins for flavour. Fermentation time seems to range from a week up to several months, depending on the recipe and alcohol is formed which drips into the bowl below.

August 3, 2009 at 5:06 AM  
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best wishes, Flossie

August 14, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
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February 12, 2012 at 5:52 AM  

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