How To Freeze Mashed Potato Balls for Quick and Easy Meals

mashed potato balls

Whether you need a quick side dish to accompany a weeknight dinner or a satisfying snack, having a stash of frozen mashed potato balls on hand will reduce your cooking time and food waste.

These little balls of single serve mashed potatoes freeze well and are so convenient to heat up.

Leftover mashed potatoes are a common occurrence in many households, and it can be a challenge to find ways to use them up before they go bad. That’s where freezing mashed potato balls comes in.

How to make mashed potato balls

Scoop out small portions of the mashed potatoes and roll them into balls using your hands. Aim for uniform sizes to ensure even cooking and reheating later on.

mashed potato balls

Once you have formed all the mashed potato balls, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure they are not touching each other to prevent them from sticking together during freezing.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let the mashed potato balls firm up for about an hour or until they are completely frozen.

Put the baking sheet in the freezer and let the mashed potato balls firm up for about an hour or until they are completely frozen.

After the balls have frozen solid, transfer them into airtight freezer bags or containers.

mashed potato ballsLabel the bags or containers with the date of freezing to keep track of their freshness.

mashed potato balls

With your mashed potato balls prepared and properly stored, you’re well on your way to enjoying quick and easy meals whenever you crave them.

Reheating mashed potato balls

Place mashed potato ball in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and microwave in 1 minute increments, stirring in between runs, until they are your ideal temperature.

Tips on how to eat these potato gems

 

  • Top with gravy and enjoy as a snack.hot dog boats mashed potato balls
  • Make cheesy hot dog boats by slicing hot dogs lengthwise and plopping 1-2 potato balls on top. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and broil.
  • Thaw and flatten out and fry with some eggs for a hearty breakfast.
  • Use them as a quick and easy side dish.

Not only do these frozen gems provide a delicious base for quick meals, but they also contribute to reducing food waste, making them a win-win solution.

So, why wait? Start freezing your mashed potato balls today. There are times when I make a big batch of mashed potatoes and use the whole batch for making potato balls. This is a great way to FOOD PREP for the week.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way, and by having these flavorful spheres of goodness on hand, you’re ready to conquer any hungry moment.

Embrace the possibilities and let your frozen mashed potato balls revolutionize your cooking routine. As they say, the freezer is your secret weapon for easy and delicious meals.

Here is an easy way to freeze eggs.

***Here is an article that has some good information about saftey measures to take when freezing food.

 

Enjoy!

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How To Make a Dog Dress Shirt Collar From an Upcycled Shirt

DOG DRESS SHIRT COLLAR

For all dog lovers, this DIY dog dress shirt dog collar is the cutest thing ever, and there is no sewing required.

They are super simple to make and only take a few minutes to whip up.

DOG DRESS SHIRT COLLAR

Dog dress shirt collar – MATERIALS & ITEMS NEEDED

All you need is a

  • dress shirt
  • measuring tape
  • a pair of fabric scissors
dog dress shirt collar

Dog dress shirt collar – INSTRUCTIONS

1-  The first thing that you’ll want to do is measure your dog’s neck.

You want to make sure that the shirt is going to fit

dog dress shirt collar

This collar fits my… Border Collie has quite a big neck, and it was a men’s extra large shirt.

If you go to the thrift store or consignment to buy a shirt, you’ll want to make sure that you take a measuring tape so you can measure the shirt neck.

If you have a small dog, you can go into the boy’s section and get a boy’s dress shirt.

These dress shirt collar would also be really cute for your cat.

Choosing the right kind of dress shirt.

The shirt needs to have this little strip of fabric between the collar and shirt.

Some dress shirts will have the collar go straight down to the shoulder fabric.

You’ll need to have this little strip of fabric for the collar to work.

This is so simple. You’re basically just going to cut the collar off.

But where you cut it is important!

dog dress shirt collar

Cut just below the folded edge of that top stitching on the neck tab.

Make sure that you’re not cutting into the other piece of fabric, or it will fray out.

dog dress shirt collar fray checkAnd if you accidentally cut into that collar tab, there’s always Fray Check that works well.

You can even launder fabric that you’ve applied with Fray Check on it, and it won’t fray.

tip
dog dress shirt collar

So, I have an upcycling tip for you. Most of you know that I love to upcycle fabric and recycle things.

I loved the fabric of this shirt. It’s still in really good condition, and it’s a really lovely piece of cotton fabric that will be great for all kinds of projects.

This shirt made a really cute dog dress shirt collar, but let me show you what I’ve done with the leftover shirt fabric.

organize your fabric coverI do have a tutorial showing you how to organize and store pieces of fabric.

 

How to dismantle a shirt for fabric use.

1- Cut off the sleeves at the shoulder.

2- Cut down the sleeve seam.

3- Open up the front and back of the shirt by cutting down the side seams.

dog dress shirt collar

Storing upcycled shirt fabric

Spread out the pieces of fabric and fold into a rectangular shape.

organize your fabric alligator clipsTake these paper comic boards, wrap the fabric pile around them, and clip them in place with these little clips or a pin.

GET THE COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

So, if you have a good shirt and the fabric is still in good condition, SAVE IT and put it in your fabric stash.

DOG DRESS SHIRT COLLARGo through your closets and find a cute dress shirt you no longer love or are ready to part with.

If you don’t have a shirt to use, there’s always the thrift store or consignment shops.

Tad-ah, that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions.

 

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