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How to Prepare Potatoes
Prince Edward Island Potatoes are convenient and versatile. Before cooking, wash gently with a vegetable brush and cool water.
Potatoes contribute many nutrients to our diets. To keep the nutrient content high:
- Cook potatoes with skins on whenever possible.
- If peeling, use a vegetable parer or sharp knife, and keep the peeling very thin since some of the nutrients are found close to the skin.
- Cook whole or in large pieces for the shortest time possible.
- Use low heat and a small amount of water.
- Save leftover cooking liquid for gravy, soups, stews or baked goods.
One Medium Raw Potato Equals:
- 150 g (1/3 lb)
- 250 ml (1 cup) sliced or diced
- 175 ml (3/4 cup) mashed, grated or shredded potatoes
Handling & Storing
Handle Prince Edward Island Potatoes gently. Remember, like other fruits and vegetables, they are perishable. Potatoes seem hardy and indestructible, but they bruise easily if dropped or when something heavy is placed on them.
When you bring potatoes home, take them out of the plastic bag and put them in a paper bag. This protects them from light and lets them breathe.
Store potatoes in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area at temperatures between 7-10°C (45-50°F). Your kitchen cupboard may be much too warm; an outside wall or dark closet elsewhere in your home will be cooler and more suitable for storing potatoes.
Never refrigerate potatoes unless they are "New" potatoes.
Cold temperatures can cause dark spots and an unpleasant, sweet flavor when cooked, while warm temperatures encourage sprouting, shriveling and loss of nutrients and moisture.