The other week we received a copy of our new “Potato Party” Kids Coloring Cookbook in the mail, along with some other fun potato items. Potatoes are a staple in our pantry and we use them in a variety of ways. Usually I serve them mashed with roasted garlic and butter, or wasabi mashed potatoes are always a hit.
We enjoyed looking at all of recipes in the Kids Coloring Cookbook and Lily picked out the following as her favorite.
Select the Best Potatoes
Look for clean, smooth, firm-textured potatoes with no cuts, bruises or discoloration.
Store properly to keep potatoes fresh
Store potatoes in a well ventilated place, optimally, at a temperature between 45ºF and 55ºF. Colder temperatures (as in a refrigerator) cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked. If you do refrigerate, letting the potato warm gradually to room temperature before cooking can reduce the discoloration. Avoid areas that reach high temperatures (beneath the sink or beside large appliances) or receive too much sunlight (on the countertop). Perforated plastic bags and paper bags offer the best environment for extending shelf-life. Keep potatoes out of the light. Don’t wash potatoes (or any produce for that matter) before storing. Dampness promotes early spoilage.
“Green” potatoes or sprouting potatoes
Green on the skin of a potato is the build-up of a chemical called Solanine. It is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. Solanine produces a bitter taste and if eaten in large quantity can cause illness. If there is slight greening, cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating. Sprouts are a sign that the potato is trying to grow. Storing potatoes in a cool, dry, dark location that is well ventilated will reduce sprouting. Cut the sprouts away before cooking or eating the potato.
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