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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL POTATO MONTH AND I LOVE POTATOES! I grew up on beans and potatoes. We had fried potatoes, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, creamed potatoes, boiled potatoes, roasted potatoes, fried potato cakes, potato soup, potato pancakes, potato salad and even potato biscuits. My mother could make anything with a potato. My father grew potatoes in the garden and they were a staple served three meals a day. Today, my children love potatoes, too. They grew up on potatoes just like I did and if I fry potatoes I can never make enough.
Did you know a serving of potatoes has more potassium than bananas, broccoli or spinach? Potatoes have zero cholesterol, are high in fiber and vitamin C. Potatoes are low in fat and calories.
Here are some tips on the humble potato:
1. Do not store potatoes and onions together. Onions give off a gas that will cause your potatoes to ruin.
2. Potatoes do better stored in a cool, dark place where the temperature is between 45 and 50 degrees. Preferably spread out and the plastic bag removed.
3. Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator. Cold temperatures cause the starches in potatoes to convert to sugar. Your potatoes will become discolored and sweet.
4. Solanine is a poison that builds up on potatoes that get too much light. It turns the potato green under the skin and the potato becomes bitter. Solanine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and can be fatal if ingested in large amounts.
5. Potatoes once cooked don’t freeze well.
6. Save the water from boiling potatoes to use in soups.
7. Soaking potatoes in water with a little lemon juice or vinegar will prevent discoloration.
8. Cooking potatoes with the skin on is better because most of the nutrients are close to the skin.
9. Potatoes will keep approximately 2 weeks at room temperature.
10. Russets are best for baking, boiling and French fries. Red Potatoes are good for boiling, steaming, potato salad, soups, stews and roasting. Klondike Rose Potatoes are good for boiling, baking, mashing, frying, steaming and baking. Yukon Golds are great mashed and boiled.
Here is a great video on an easy way to peel potatoes: Peeling Potatoes with Your Hands.
My favorite way to eat potatoes other than mashed is cooked in green beans. Click the link under the photo for my recipe.
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. Be sure to celebrate National Potato Month by enjoying some hearty potato recipes with your family. Today, due to the hurried lifestyle less Americans are cooking at home. Enjoying a meal around the dinner table is a great way for families to come together.
“Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy.” ~~ Dolly Parton.
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