Monday, December 9, 2013

Homemade Hash Browns

One thing I hear all the time is, "eating healthy is expensive!" While I will agree that eating all natural, organic can get pricey, I promise eating healthy is not all that expensive. Honestly! You can buy fresh green beans in the produce section cheaper than the bag of frozen microwave ready green beans. Of course that means you will have to do a little extra work to prepare them, but isn't it worth it when you're on a budget?? One thing I have learned it to shop the seasons! As you would expect, when certain produce is in season, the price drops. Again for example green beans, usually in season in the summer. So I buy LOTS of green beans then I take them home, clean, snap, blanch then freeze them! I'm set for quite a while and I got them at the cheap price! Here's my blog post all about fresh green beans! I will agree that the lovely microwave ready bag is more convenient, but if you are looking to save a buck, take some time and prep your own!

On that note let's talk potatoes! Don't you love that frozen bag of Ore-Ida hash browns?? Honestly, when I get up I open the freezer pull out some hash browns and ta-da I'm done. But then I thought, "I'm literally paying extra to have someone else grate and freeze potatoes....." POTATOES! One of the cheapest things in the produce section!

That made hash browns my mission today. And since I love you all so much, I made hash browns for every meal today so that I could get them perfect. Fun Fact: I usually have made a recipe several times before it ends up on my blog! I always want to get it just right before posting it. Hash browns took a few tries until I was happy with the results.


And one little heads up, if you are used to the Ore-Ida hash browns, REAL hash browns have a different taste and texture so don't expect them to be the same.

Ingredients:
Russet Potato
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

First grade a bowl and strainer. Fill the bowl about halfway with cold water and add in a few ice cubes. Place your strainer into the water.


Peel, and grate your potato straight into the strainer.


Make sure the grated potato is completely submerged in the cold water and let it soak for a minute, you might want to mix it around a little too. This will help get rid of the access starch so your hash browns won't be mushy. Dump out the water which will be milky looking and depending on how starchy your potato was you might even see all the starch collected at the bottom of the bowl. Squeeze the potatoes of all the access liquid.


Next take a medium frying pan and heat it up on medium high heat. Pour in about 2 TBS of olive oil. Let that get and then add in the grated potato. Spread it around the pan. Make sure it's not more than about an inch thick, if it's too thick it will get mushy and might not cook through. Season it with salt and pepper.


Let it cook for a few minutes, until its golden brown and then flip it over. Season the other side after you flip it with salt and pepper. Cook for another few minutes until the other side it nice and golden brown.

And you are done! My husband and I love to top our with cheese and Frank's Red Hot sauce.

I hope you all give this a try, just an easy way to avoid freezer food and save a little extra money.

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