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Hardien, Aziz (SM)

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How can you keep potatoes fresh?
« on: 24/01/2009 23:40:08 »
Hardien, Aziz (SM)  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I was wondering how does one keep potatoes fresh. We normally buy a pocket of 10 kg potatoes for the month, but close to week 3, we find that the potatoes have either gone green, grown sprouts are have gone off.
 
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« Reply #1 on: 25/01/2009 02:21:23 »
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« Reply #2 on: 25/01/2009 03:41:16 »
Keep them in a cold dry Dark place....Light begins them sprouting and growing eyes...not to mentionthe chlorifill thing happening..We stored several hundred pound  burlap bags from summer to summer for feeding a family of seven for the year!

If you keep them inside only a few weeks..

Outside in a barn or dark dry cold shed.. they will last for a long long time...
keep them checked and don''t leave a bad or broken potato in the bags as it will ruin all of them.. Keep the eyes off!
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« Reply #3 on: 01/02/2009 00:17:17 »
Before fridges and the like, people around here would keep root vegetables over winter by burying them in dry sand, in tubs or barrels, and keeping it cool. Works for potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, swede, celeriac etc.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/02/2009 00:52:28 »
Blakestyger, That is true for here too. Somethings were stored under straw! Could you tell me what swede is?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/02/2009 22:45:30 »
Could you tell me what swede is?

It's the yellow turnip Brassica napobrassica - I think it's called rutabaga in the US.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/02/2009 23:01:49 »
Could you tell me what swede is?


It's the yellow turnip Brassica napobrassica - I think it's called rutabaga in the US.


OH.. That is cool.. I did not know what it was.. My parents were huge gardeners but I honestly have never eaten one... I have seen them but never partook!
I do however love turnips the white and purple kind.. but not cooked only raw.. like an apple! LOL...
 

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« Reply #7 on: 01/02/2009 23:06:42 »
I doubt you'd be able to get your teeth into a raw swede - they are best boiled till softish then served with butter and pepper. It's one of the vegetables you learn to dread when young but later in life they become delicious, like brussels sprouts. :D

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« Reply #8 on: 01/02/2009 23:32:57 »
OOOH I hate Brussels Sprouts even now the slimey little things... LOL It is 3:31 PM here now!

But I hated broccoli and love it now so I do know what you mean!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 01/02/2009 23:46:01 »
OOOH I hate Brussels Sprouts even now the slimey little things... LOL It is 3:31 PM here now!

But I hated broccoli and love it now so I do know what you mean!

Sprouts can be a different vegetable if you cook them until they are just done, then fry them in butter 'til very slightly browned - unrecognisable.

8 hrs difference - we've got snow with more to come. [:0]
 

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« Reply #10 on: 01/02/2009 23:56:47 »
Little cabages....I like big ones...I should try them like that!

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