I like to have frozen potatoes in the freezer for a quick side dish or to use in a potato casserole. Most store bought frozen potato products, however, contain a chemical to keep the potatoes from going brown. And the cost of pre-made frozen potatoes is higher than just buying a bag of plain old taters and making them up yourself!
I prefer to make “home fries” because I hate shredding potatoes for hash browns. However, if you want some frozen hash browns, just shred the potatoes instead of dicing them.
I know there are “suggestions” out there as to what kind of potato works best for certain recipes. I can never keep track of that so I just use whatever it is I have on hand or find a good deal on.
Cook your potatoes. I fill up my Crock Pot to 2/3 full and turn it on high. It usually takes about 2 hours to cook the potatoes (poke holes in them). But you could bake or boil them. Just don't let them get too soft. You still want some firmness.
Dice or shred the potatoes. Any which way, any size, will do!
To freeze: spread potatoes out on a cookie sheet in a single layer and freeze. Once frozen, put them in a freezer bag or container.
How to Cook Home Fries
If your potatoes are not frozen, simply fry in a pan or on a skillet with a good amount of fat (butter or bacon grease is super yummy!). Allow them to cook for 5 minutes without stirring to get a nice brown crust. Stir and cook so that all sides brown.
If your potatoes are frozen: Heat pan or skillet. Melt butter or bacon grease on pan/skillet. Put frozen potatoes on/in pan/skillet and allow to cook for a good 10-15 minutes WITHOUT STIRRING! Then check a few underneath to see if they are turning a nice brown. If they are, stir and cook until all sides are brown. If they are not yet brown, allow to cook until they are brown and then stir.