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Potatoes: Growing, Cooking, Eating

Updated on May 28, 2015

Potatoes


Potatoes are among my favourite foods. They are versatile, come in a variety of colours and types and can be prepared and served in many ways.

I do not eat them as much as I once did, which while growing up was every meal, well once a month we might have rice, however, most other meals saw a potato served in some form. Rice, noodles and pasta have been added to the starches

Masked, baked, boiled, french fries, home fries, scalloped. I made scalloped potatoes for the first time last week in at least ten years. Scallop potatoes with ham and I added a few organic carrots, which is something I have not tried before. We were impressed with the outcome.

Growing Potatoes:

Potatoes are easier to grow than many people think, although if you only use a container or two the return will be small. You can grow potatoes on your patio or balcony in a container or in a community garden plot or your backyard.

Potatoes can be grown in old tries which I have done but do not recommend doing so for more than a season. There are materials in the tires that you do not want in your food and if you are planning to grow organically, using recycled tires is not considered to be an acceptable organic method.

Cooking Potatoes:

I did not mention potato salad in my previous list of how you can cook potatoes and that would be a serious error. Potato salad is a personal favourite and I have a recipe that rates high on my must eat list.

There is also some discussion on which potato makes the best salad. I generally use red potatoes, preferring small ones to the larger later season one. On occasion when I cannot find small red potatoes and just have to have potato salad I will work with Yukon Golds.

Some people peel the potatoes before making the salad, some don’t, I prefer to leave the skins on as it adds colour.

I will never, never use a baker potato to make a potato salad. The baker has a specific purpose and a delicious one at that; you do not mess with perfection. A baked potato with baked beans or chili, or cheese or sour cream can be a meal all by itself.

I also like a slice or two of raw potato while I am making them with a touch of salt or just plain. I enjoy the crunch and my teeth appreciate the firmness.

Baked potatoes were once a staple, baked potatoes smothered in baked beans or cheese or topped with Brussels sprouts have made up more than a few suppers over the years.

Potatoes can also be stored and when put in a dark cool place will keep for a few months, although it is wise to check them every now and then, after all it only takes one bad potato to spoil the bunch.

Potatoes are versatile, come in a variety of colours and types and can be prepared and served in many ways.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    The skin can be the best part, thanks for dropping by.

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    Suzanne Sheffield 

    7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    Just finished dinner where I said to my husband: "I've never met a potato I didn't like" as I finished off my baked potato, skin and all.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for stopping by.

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    Carolina Dursina 

    7 years ago from Spring Green WI

    Great post, thank you for the videos too!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Potatoes can be the main course, rather than meat, for example, serve with beans, yum. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    7 years ago from London, UK

    Nothing but a good potatoe. It makes the meal.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Potatoes do go with just about anything, I love them with both baked and refried beans.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Food does evoke childhood memories, thanks for stopping by.

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    fucsia 

    7 years ago

    I like potatoes too. They remind me of my childhood, when my mother cooked them and I wanted eat before the potatoes were ready!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Straw bales good way to grow, thanks for dropping by and happy growing.

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    ChristineMargaret 

    7 years ago from Rapid City, SD

    I must get my potatoes out into the garden--I will try them in a straw bale-want to experiment with this kind of "raised garden".

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Just eating a mix of potatoes and carrots as I type. Thanks for dropping by.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Bob, I too love potatoes they are so versatile! grew them for the first time a couple of years ago, I was amazed how easy it was, good crop too! we love our potatoes baked, I agree red is best! many thanks

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