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
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.