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Potatoes Make Economical Cents

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - "Potatoes supply almost all the food elements necessary for the maintenance of the human body," said Henry Beben, President of Canadian-based EarthFresh Food Corp.

"And, we're pleased to bring to consumers this year across North America a new, gourmet potato called Klondike Rose." Added Beben, "This unique potato has a rose-coloured skin on the outside and golden flesh on the inside with a great nutty and buttery taste." But no matter what potato you enjoy, here are some healthy tips for one of the most economical and most consumed food (second only to milk):

Nutrition: One serving of a medium-sized, 8-ounce potato is only about 100 calories; and calories from fat are 0. Potatoes are about 80% water and 20% solids, full of nutrients. And, to highlight, the medium potato has over 2700 mgs of dietary fiber and provides 21 % of the daily value for Potassium and provides 45% of the daily value for Vitamin C

Storage: Do not wash potatoes before storing as it speeds decay. Do not store potatoes in the fridge. They can be safely stored in a dark, dry place for 3 months at 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. Below 40 degrees, the potato starch turns to sugar rendering the potato too sweet. And, if the storage area is too cold, the potato darkens when cooking

Cooking: Bake, boil or steam potatoes in their skin. Some of the nutrients, which are close to the skin, are lost when potatoes are peeled before cooking and are dissolved if put into cold water and left to soak, especially for longer than two hours. If you must peel potatoes, peel as thinly as possible

Keep the Water: When steaming or boiling potatoes, nutrients leach into it, so use the water for gravy or to moisten mashed potatoes. Or, if you've boiled potato chunks, they release their starch into the water, which can be used for making bread

Baked Or BBQ: If you are using skewers to quicken the time for baking potatoes, heat the skewers first as this seals the potato and helps prevent the centre from turning dark or black.


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