Hash Browns

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A long, long time ago I tried to grate raw potatoes and fry them to make hash browns.  It did not work.  It ended up as a mushy mess!  Yuck!

So, a long time ago (some time after the long, long time ago mentioned above), I came across how to make hash browns from the Heavenly Homemakers site.  Laura has sweetly given me her permission to share her method here.

The secret… are you ready… are you really ready for the secret to great hash browns?  Well here it is…  Bake the potatoes before grating them!  That’s it!  I am so not kidding.  Just bake those babies up before grating them and you will have the most awesome hash browns ever!

My favorite way to bake potatoes is in my crock pot.

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

 

So, bake a bunch of potatoes.  Cool them and put them in the refrigerator overnight.  They peel so much better if they are cold.

The next day, find lots of hands to help you peel the cold potatoes.  You can use a knife or a vegetable peeler.

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The next step is to find many hands to help grate the potatoes.  Or use your grater attachment for your Bosch.  If you remember to do that.  Which, I may or may not have remembered to use.  (Don’t tell my children they did all that work when my Bosch could have done it in 3 minutes!)

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Awesome helping hands!

The hash browns are now ready to fry to golden perfection!  I like to fry them in butter and sprinkled with salt.  Place them in a single layer in a hot skillet.  Allow hash browns to brown on one side, then flip them and allow them to brown on the other side.  DO NOT stir!  DO NOT flip more than once.  If you stir and flip, you will have hash mush, not hash browns!  And hash mush is not nearly as awesome as hash browns.

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If you prefer to freeze these, lay them on a large baking sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight.  Then break them up and put them in zip lock bags.  You can use these any way you use frozen hash browns from the grocery store.

My family likes to buy 50-100 lbs of organic potatoes from Azure Standard and process them all at one time.  It’s well worth the couple hours it takes to fill our freezer with real potatoes with just one ingredient… potatoes!

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We  use these for hash browns with our breakfast for dinner (or breakfast for breakfast) meal or for the most amazing Cheesy Hash Browns.

Do you have a special recipe that calls for hash browns or do you just eat them fried in a pan?

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Ingredients
  1. Baked Potatoes, cooled
  2. Butter
  3. Salt
Instructions
  1. Bake a bunch of potatoes.
  2. Cool them and put them in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. The next day, find lots of hands to help you peel the cold potatoes. You can use a knife or a vegetable peeler.
  4. Grate the peeled potatoes.
  5. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  6. Place potatoes in a single layer in a hot butter.
  7. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
  8. Allow hash browns to brown on one side, then flip them and allow them to brown on the other side. DO NOT stir! DO NOT flip more than once. If you stir and flip, you would have hash mush, not hash browns! And hash mush is not nearly as awesome as hash browns.
Notes
  1. If you prefer to freeze these, lay them on a large baking sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight. Then break them up and put them in zip lock bags. You can use these any way you use frozen hash browns from the grocery store.
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