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Picking a Potato

If you’re shopping for seed potatoes, it helps to know how you like to eat them: baked, boiled, fried, hashed or mashed? Plant several varieties so you can try different cooking techniques.

Potatoes

Elba Potatoes

Elba Potatoes are considered an all-purpose potato. They are creamy when baked yet hold their texture when boiled.

If you’re shopping for seed potatoes, it helps to know how you like to eat them. Plant several varieties so you can try different cooking techniques.

Baked: Russets are the classic for baking, although any potato can be baked.

Chowder: Use waxy potatoes in chowder because they’ll keep their shape.

French fries: Most fries are made with russets.

Hash browns: Russets hold together better than waxy varieties.

Mashed: Russets make the fluffiest mashed potatoes, but any variety can be mashed.

Potato pancakes/latkes: Russets hold together better than waxy types.

Potato salad: Waxy varieties and fingerlings are best because they don’t fall apart.

Scalloped potatoes: Waxy varieties hold their shape and have a pleasing texture.

For more information, read All About Potato Varieties.

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1 Comment

  1. February 17, 2011    

    It’s good to know what food is best made from what kind of potatoes. Growing potatoes is not a challange this spring I am planting some in my garden.

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