Saturday, August 14, 2010

How To - Smart Shopping for Potatoes

Did you know that potatoes are classified as either high starch, medium starch or low starch. 

High starch potatoes are Russets and are best baked, mashed or fried.

Medium starch potatoes are Yukon Golds.  These are the most versatile and can be baked, mashed, roasted or used in soups.

Low starch potatoes are Red potatoes and are best boiled, roasted or used in soups and salads.  These are the potatoes that best hold their shape.

My personal favorite are the Yukon Golds.  This is the laziness in me coming out.  I find that a good scrubbing with a brush eliminates any need to peal them.  Most of the vitamins that a potato has are right underneath the skin.  Peeling potatoes removes those healthy nutrients leaving only the starch.  Starch gives us energy as it turns into sugar in our bodies. 

Happy Homemaking,
Nancy

1 comment:

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

It's summer. It's hot. These are my excuses for the fact that the last two bags of potatoes have rotted in my pantry. I usually go for the Yukon Gold, and/or yams. The starch-to-sugar thing is what keeps me from eating more of them. I truly love roasted sweet potatoes the very best. Can't get enough!

Happy Summer Weekend. Rosemary

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