Potatoes have gotten a bad rap in recent years, but this tuber is a great source of vitamin C, zinc, B vitamins, and potassium. They even have a small amount of high-quality protein, and fiber in the skin to help keep us full. Potatoes are extremely versatile and can be eaten at any meal, so stock up for serving throughout the season!
Selection and storing:
- Choose potatoes with a firm texture and smooth skin. Avoid wrinkled skins, squishy areas, and discoloration.
- If you’re going to prepare multiple potatoes at once, choose ones that are all about the same size and shape for even cooking.
- Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark place — but not the fridge! Light will turn the outer skin green and give the spud a bitter flavor.
- Proper storage techniques will allow you to keep potatoes for several weeks. Storing in a perforated plastic or paper bag also helps extend shelf life.
Preparation and Recipe Ideas:
- Rinse potatoes and scrub clean with a vegetable brush before preparing.
- Russet potatoes are perfect for baking. Try foil-wrapped baked potatoes for a softer skin and unwrapped potatoes if you prefer crispier skin.
- Try a baked potato bar for dinner! Bake potatoes and get creative with toppings like broccoli, reduced-fat cheese, salsa, plain Greek yogurt, and homemade chili or beans.
- Potatoes can also be roasted or mashed, but be sure to keep the skin on to reap the benefits of their fiber and nutrients.