Thursday, May 19, 2011
My husband has a serious love of mashed potatoes, which means I am serving them at least once or twice a week. When we first got together I knew nothing about making mashed potatoes. Growing up both myself and my two siblings had dairy allergies. So my mom didn't make mashed potatoes that often, as they really aren't that great without milk. When I moved out, I started using the instant powdered potatoes, because that's what my mother-in-law makes, and that's what my husband asked for. Yuck. I can't stand 'em. One day I decided to make real mashed potatoes from scratch. I imagined that it was a long and difficult procedure... otherwise why would instant mash exist? Turns out that peeling potatoes is the only annoying or time consuming part of the deal. Boil potatoes, drain, add milk, mash. Takes like 20 minutes and is really no more difficult then measuring and making the instant ones. Oh, and these I actually like the taste of. Needless to say I am now totally hooked on making "real" mashed potatoes.
For Christmas this past year I asked for, and received, a potato bin. A local fellow was selling them at the nearby farmers market, but I was loathe to spent $70 on myself. I grabbed his business card and handed it to my husband with a broad hint that a potato bin really would make a lovely Christmas gift. He passed the info on to his mom, and guess what I found under the tree? Awesome. Fantastic. Exactly what I wanted. I found the perfect spot for it in my kitchen and headed out and bought myself a nice giant sack full of potatoes. Since then I have been wondering what the heck I am doing wrong because my potatoes always look like this...
I am not talking about after months, or even weeks and weeks of storage. I put the potatoes in the bin; they look fresh and wonderful. Two or three weeks later I have "seedy" potatoes that are growing eyes and wrinkles. I remember reading Little House on the Prairie, and they had potatoes in the cellar all winter long. My house is relatively cool and humidity free. Why the heck can't I keep potatoes in my lovely potato bin for 18 days?
If someone can tell me what I am doing wrong I would be ever so grateful. In the meantime I am developing a love for those new McCain Purely Potatoes. They cut out the annoying step of having to peel and chop potatoes and shave a couple of minutes off my dinner prep time. Otherwise they are just like cooking "real" potatoes for mash. Only instead of dirtying a pan boiling them, you have the option of steaming them in the microwave right in the bag they come in. The best part is they sit in my freezer until I am ready to use them. They never go rotten or grow potato eyes. Really, the only question now is what to do with this beautiful wooden potato bin?
Disclosure: As a BzzAgent I received a coupon to try McCain Purely Potatoes for free. As always the opinions on this blog are my own.