Hi. I recently bought an eight-pack of dehydrated hashbrowns at Costco. They are Golden Griddle Hashbrown Potatoes, to be specific. I was excited because they didn't need to be frozen and I could cook one serving or seven and a half. (The amount of one little box). I've made frozen hashbrowns in the past and they browned up nicely, very nicely, but I admit it's been awhile since I've made them at all. Well, I'm halfway through the eight-pack and I haven't made a good batch yet. I only have a 12" non-stick pan and a smaller one, 8", I think. The first two times I know it was because I tried using cooking spray instead of oil. I also tried in the toaster oven once (no full-size stove, just a cooktop) and they just got dry, like I re-dehydrated them. This morning I used the 2tbsp of oil as required, I laid them on paper towels to dry them out and still a sticky nightmare that leaves me feeling like a failure. I heated the pan, added the oil, let it get hot, put them in and waited to turn them. Longer than the box said (since it definitely underestimates). I wound up scraping them from the bottom and flipping them and they got some color and were soft and good but not crispy, not golden. Can someone please give me some advice so I can stop ruining breakfast? I'm normally a very good cook, but this past week and a half is starting to make me feel otherwise. My 12" skillet has a lid. Should I put the lid on? Fully? Ajar? Cook them longer? Buy a new pan? An electric griddle? I was really excited because I have a tiny freezer and these are pantry items, they don't need the freezer. I don't like using so much oil but I will. I just want nice, crispy, golden-brown hashbrowns like I used to make without having to buy frozen. If I had waited long enough would they have unstuck? It feels like no, but maybe I am just jumping the gun.
I have searched hashbrown tips for days and I haven't found an answer. I am almost ready to go rehydrate a serving and stick them in the toaster oven under broil but I feel like that will be a failure too. I know this sounds like such a dumb, rookie question but I was honestly elated that this site kept coming up in my Google searches. Maybe someone here can help me restore my breakfasts. Regardless, I thank you all for reading. Venting definitely helps. :)