Potatoes For The Family
Here's everything you need to know about selecting potatoes, the different varieties of potatoes and how to prepare them for your family.
At the market select loose potatoes that are well formed, smooth, firm, with eyes and no discoloration, cracks, bruises or soft spots. Avoid green potatoes. They have been exposed to light and have a bitter taste.
When choosing potatoes:
Classic long, brownish potatoes are best for baking or roasting
Rounded or long white potatoes are good for boiling and baking or roasting
Small red potatoes are ideal for boiling
Baby new potatoes are best boiled or steamed.
Do not wash your potato before storing. Washing speeds decay. Store potatoes in a dry, dark, cool place. Do not refrigerate.
Here are a few healthy ideas to add potatoes in your meals
According the experts in Idaho, it is best to pierce a potato with fork several times instead of wrapping it in foil to bake.
Creative baked potato toppings
A baked potato heaped with butter and sour cream is fattening and boring. Try these creative and healthy toppings to jazz up a baked potato.
Mashed potatoes are a versatile side dish
With the addition of a few simple herbs and spices, you change their personality to pair with any ethnic menu. Simply make your mashed potato recipe and just before serving, try one of these:
Potato tips & tricks
Hash browns time saver
To save time, keep a bag of frozen hash browns on hand at all times. Whenever a recipe calls for a potato (for thickening), use 1 cup of the hash browns as a substitute.
Over salted your veggies?
Add a slice of raw potato to soak up the extra saltiness. (also works with gravy, soups, stews, and other cooked dishes)