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Pioneer Valley Growers Association

Potatoes

Potatoes



Selection - Choose clean, firm and smooth potatoes

Storage - Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator because their starch will turn to sugar and produce an undesirable taste. It is best to store them in a cool (45 - 50°F) dry, dark place. If you place an apple in the bag, it will help stop sprouting.

Preparation - For baking, scrub and pierce skin to allow steam to escape. To boil, scrub, remove eyes and either leave whole or cut into large pieces.
Bake uncovered in a 375 degrees oven for 1 hr. For boiling, place potatoes in a 2-quart saucepan with enough water to cover them. Cover and heat to boiling, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until tender. OR steam covered for 30-35 minutes until tender.
To microwave: For whole potatoes, pierce skin to allow steam to escape. Place on paper towel and microwave for 4-5 minutes until tender, turning once. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Nutritional Information - Potatoes are high in iron, potassium, complex carbohydrates and fiber. Each serving size, 1 potato (approx. 7 oz.), has 220 calories.

Benefits - Potatoes are an excellent source of iron, which is needed for healthy blood.

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