I made hash browns from scratch yesterday because rather than despite it being so time consuming. This is not a good sign.
I carefully grated the potatoes and onions ("How can you mend a broken heart" by Al Green was playing so I was already crying.)
Then I dumped the mixture into a colander and squeezed the liquid out by hand for five or ten minutes, before adding egg and seasoning, then batch frying.
Only another twenty three and a half hours of displacement activity to find after that and I was home free.