It’s that time of year again when potatoes start showing up in grocery stores, and with good reason. They’re a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different dishes. But what do potatoes do over the course of the season?
What are the Different Types of Potatoes?
There are many different types of potatoes, but the most common are red potatoes and white potatoes. Red potatoes are often used in stews or mashed potatoes, while white potatoes are more versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, including French fries, potato salad, and roasted potatoes. Other types of potatoes include sweet potatoes, yams, and taters.
How to Select a Potato for Your Needs
When it comes to selecting the right potato for your needs, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect potato for your needs:
- And foremost, select a potato that is firm, but not hard. Store potatoes in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Consider what you will be using the potato for. Will it be fries, mashed potatoes, soup, etc.?
- Consider the variety of potato that you are selecting. There are many different varieties of potatoes available on the market today, so make sure to find one that matches your needs.
How to Bake Potatoes
Different types of potatoes can be used for different things in the kitchen. Potatoes can be roasted, boiled, mashed, or even made into french fries. There are all shapes and colors of potatoes, so it is important to know how to bake them so that they will turn out perfectly. Here are some tips on how to bake potatoes:
- Bake potatoes in a moderate oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 45-60 minutes, or until fork tender.
- When baking potatoes, it is important to prick them with a fork several times before cooking. This allows the steam to escape and prevents them from exploding during baking.
- When measuring water or other liquids for baking potatoes, use a potato masher instead of a spoon to ensure that the ingredients are properly combined. This will help prevent sticking and ensure that the potatoes cook evenly.
- Some variations of baked potatoes that are popular include. sweet potato baked potatoes, garlic potato baked potatoes, and onion potato baked potatoes. There are also variations like loaded mashed potato bake which includes sauteed onions and shredded cheese mixed in with the mashed potatoes prior to baking for an extra layer of flavor.
How to Cook Potatoes
One of the most common questions we get at the farmers’ market is how to cook potatoes. There are so many ways to make them, and every family has their own favorite. We’ve put together a few basic tips on how to cook potatoes for maximum deliciousness.
Boil or steam your potatoes: One of the quickest and simplest ways to cook potatoes is simply boil or steam them. Depending on your preference, boiling or steaming will result in softer or firmer potatoes, respectively.
Bake them: Another great way to cook potatoes is in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your potatoes until they are soft and tender. Be sure to watch them so they don’t burn, and try out some of our other oven-friendly recipes like roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato fries.
Make roasted potatoes: Roasting your potatoes is another great way to get them crispy on the outside while they are still soft inside. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit before spreading some olive oil onto a baking sheet and tossing in your spuds. Be sure to season them with salt and pepper before baking for 25 to 30 minutes, until they are cooked through.
Grill your potatoes: If you want to get really creative with your potato cooking, try grilling them. Preheat your grill to medium high heat before spreading some olive oil onto your potatoes and seasoning them with salt and pepper. Grill until they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, adding a touch of garlic or herbs for extra flavor.
What are the Different Types of Potato Salads?
There are many different potato salads out there and each has its own unique flavor and ingredients. Here are some of the most popular potato salad types:
- Classic potato salad is a mixture of diced potatoes, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- French onion potato salad is made with thinly sliced onions, cooked potatoes, crumbled blue cheese, and parsley.
- Russian potato salad is made with boiled potatoes, sour cream, dill weed, and chopped onion.
- Potato salad with bacon is a mixture of diced potatoes, crispy bacon bits, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper.
- Potato salad with avocado is a mixture of diced potatoes, diced avocado, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt and pepper.
If you’re like most people, you love potatoes in all of their various forms. But did you know that potatoes change over the course of the season? Here are four things to keep in mind as you prepare to serve up a summer potato dish:
- Potatoes are best eaten fresh when they hit the grocery store. They’ll start to lose flavor and texture after being stored for too long.
- When it’s time to cook potatoes, try boiling or steaming them instead of frying them. This will reduce the amount of oil that’s absorbed into your potato and result in healthier eating overall.
- Make sure your potatoes are peeled before cooking them so that they don’t end up with an unappetizing brown skin layer on top.
- Make sure your toppings complement the fresh flavors of summer potatoes rather than overpowering them. A little salt, pepper, butter or olive oil can go a long way in bringing out their natural sweetness.