7 Things To Do With Sprouted Potatoes

7 Things to Do With Sprouted Potatoes - An Oregon Cottage

I recently found 5-pound bags of organic potatoes on sale for .99 each, so of course I had to buy two. However, since organic potatoes are not sprayed with a sprout inhibitor, I was confronted with about seven pounds of sprouting potatoes about a week later.

You know I try very hard not to throw food away and yet- I don’t want to eat potatoes for the next week, either. Here are some ways I found to use potatoes before they become shriveled and inedible.

Well, after you’ve washed them and cut off all the sprouts, that is.

Seven Things To Do With Sprouted Potatoes
(or regular potatoes, for that matter…)
  1. Make Twice Baked Potatoes and freeze for later (to freeze: after stuffing, but before the second baking, lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze completely; transfer to freezer, removing as much air as possible, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and bake as normal).
  2. Bake, grate, and freeze as Freezer Hash Browns. I love this so much – I’ve just done without hash browns for years because I didn’t want all the extra ingredients that come with store-bought. My family is really enjoying these again and it’s very convenient.
  3. Bake, cut, and freeze for Freezer Home Fries. This is a variation of the grated recipe in #2, except you just chop the potatoes to freeze and when you’re ready to eat, just cook them with butter, onions, and peppers.
  4. Boil, make mashed potatoes and freeze for later (the make-ahead mashed potato recipe with cream cheese seems to work best for freezing).
  5. Add some of the potatoes to a slow cooker and make Baked Potato Soup for dinner.
  6. Or save a few of the baked potatoes for tomorrow’s breakfast and make these awesome looking Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes for breakfast.
  7. Of course, if it’s potato-planting time where you live, you could always plant them in the the ground (if you haven’t grown potatoes before, make sure to check out my easy potato planting method).

How do you like to use up potatoes?



This is linked to Frugal Friday @LifeAsMom.


  1. says

    This is good to know. I didn’t know they spray potatoes with a sprout inhibitor. Another reason to buy organic when I can. Good potato ideas too.

  2. says

    I thought you weren’t supposed to eat sprouted potatoes so I usually plant them or just throw them away. Growth inhibitor has never affected the growing capabilities of any of the potatoes I have planted ~ in fact, they grow better than the seed potatoes I have bought! I planted a whole #5 bag of sprouted store bought red potatoes one year and haven’t needed to plant potatoes again! I must have misssed one or two when harvesting and they come up EVERYWHERE each year now! :~/ Good thing I love potatoes! :~D

    • Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

      I had heard something similar, but come to find out it’s just the sprouts themselves that are toxic (and you’d have to eat a LOT of them for anything bad to happen) – but I always cut them off anyway. As long as the potatoes are still firm, you’re good to go!

      I did not have your luck planting store potatoes – they were covered in scab when I harvested. :-( And I never have volunteers like you do – that’s kinda nice!

  3. Diana says

    A very handy post, since during the summer especially, those big bags of potatoes (which often cost less than the smaller bags here!) decline pretty quickly.

  4. Addison says

    I manage a small coffee bar/cafe/bookstore. We make a lot of our winter soups from scratch. Usually I don’t peel potatoes for our soups because I prefer my potatoes unpeeled (and I know it’s more nutritious to use unpeeled potatoes) (and it IS about me, isn’t it, lol??). Anyway. I had a bag of potatoes that was starting to sprout and decided to peel them–just to get the sprouts off, you see? Big Mistake, at least for that particular morning. I was either: too rushed or too unattentive…and ended up taking a huge chunk out of the tip of one of my fingers with the vegetable peeler. I will spare y’all the ensuing icky details!! However, from now on I will either: try to use up potatoes BEFORE they sprout (so as not to vigoursly whack off any more tips of my precious digits) or delegate this particular chore to my staff….’cause obviously peeling sprouted potatoes is not something I can effectively tackle!! So…cautionary tale here: Beware The Sprouted Spud. It is something that challenges (and potentially smacks back at) the best of us!

  5. John adams says

    People seem to think that when you buy potatoes in the winter they have just been dug up.these are all dug up in October.so if you buy in march they
    are 5 months old. farmers store these
    Correctly.dark and cold.there is no such thing as a fresh potato in the winter contrary to what people think.

  6. Felicia says

    If you have a pressure canner, you can can your potatoes! Peel, pack into jars raw, add warm water, salt and when your canning the potatoes cook to the perfect texture!

  7. says

    I love the hashbrown idea! I am going to try that out. i have two big bags my friend brought me but no way i can eat them as quick as they need to be eaten!

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