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  • 1. Potato Storage and CareIn Search of the Perfect Potato PreparationAmericans have a love affair with potatoes – Potatoes are easier to prepare and healthier withthey continually top the list for the most the skins on. Even though potatoes are washedfrequently consumed vegetable (1). Learn how before they reach the market, it’s a good idea toto keep your prized potato in top form with the rinse and scrub them thoroughly before using.following tips: Sometimes potatoes that are cut and uncooked canSelection take on a pinkish or brownish discoloration. ThisWhen shopping, select firm, smooth potatoes. darkening or discoloration is similar to that of cutAvoid those with wrinkled or wilted skins, soft apples from exposure to air. It’s due to thedark areas, cut surfaces or those green in carbohydrate in the food reacting with oxygen inappearance. If you need several potatoes for a the air.recipe, choose ones similar in size for evencooking. Potatoes that become discolored in this way are safe to eat and do not need to be thrown out. The colorStorage usually disappears with cooking. Preserve the colorPotatoes should be kept in a cool, dark place of cut potatoes by storing them in cold water. Limitwith good ventilation. The ideal storage water soaking to two hours to retain water-solubletemperature is 45 to 50ºF. At these vitamins.temperatures, potatoes will keep for severalweeks. But don’t store potatoes in the Leftoversrefrigerator! When kept below 40ºF, potatoes It’s best to refrigerate any leftovers within twodevelop a sweet taste, due to the conversion of hours of serving to prevent foodborne illnesses.starch to sugar. This increased sugar causes Leftovers should be consumed within a few days.potatoes to darken when cooked. If you storepotatoes at room temperature, try to use them We don’t recommend freezing cooked potatoes atwithin a week or so. home as they become watery upon reheating. The potato is 80 percent water; and when frozen, thisKeep potatoes away from prolonged exposure water separates from the starch and nutrients.to light, which causes them to turn green. Thisgreening causes a bitter flavor. If potatoes Potatoes are one of the most versatile, gratifyingdevelop green areas or start to sprout, just trim and pleasing vegetables around. Optimize youroff these areas before using. potato experience by selecting, preparing and storing them properly.1) Pennington JAT. Documentation for the 1995 Nutrition Labeling Values for the 20 Most Frequently ConsumedRaw Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish. Washington, DC: Food and Drug Administration; October 1995, revised June1996. For healthy recipes and nutrition information, go to: www.healthypotato.com

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