Friday, January 4, 2013

Homemade Easy Hash Browns

Save money! Make your own hash browns. They are super easy, and WAY better for you than store bought pre-packaged potatoes. They take a little bit of time, but well worth it. You don't have to worry about any oils that you wouldn't normally eat, or anything else that may be added. 

All you need:
Potatoes (Organic if possible)
an oven
a grater

Depending how many you can store in your freezer, or how often you eat potatoes will determine how any you will need. If you eat them often like we do, then making a lot more at a time may be better for your family. We purchased a large bag of potatoes as there were no small ones, so instead of letting them grow eyes I baked about 3/4 of a 10lb bag at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Make sure to stab them a couple of times, or cut off any yucky parts so they don't explode in your oven! 

Let the potatoes cool once they are easily stabbed by a fork. At this point you can either peel them, or leave those on. I grated with them on, so there are some peels left, the extra that didn't peel well went into a pile and we will use that for either soup or bake them later until they are super crispy. 

Then you can start to grate, 
and grate, 
and grate,
 and grate!
Watch your fingers. The grate is sharp (haha by experience ;)

We tried some for lunch, pan fried in organic butter, just enough to brown, then flip. If you flip too much they could become mushy. 
Add any spices you like! 

Add green onions, onion, peppers, broccoli, ham, pepperoni, or anything else you fancy! 

The extra have gone into the freezer on layers of parchment paper and will be put into containers for later use. To cook from frozen will be the same, they will just take a little bit more time. Or you can bake in your oven until golden brown with a light coating of olive oil


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