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jeromedawg

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Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« on: March 10, 2021, 07:05:27 PM »
Hey everyone.

Wondering how to go about salvaging red potatoes that have sprouted. Generally, I've heard it's OK if you pick the sprouts off and also peel away any skin that's green (as well as avoiding the softened/shriveled ones). It's kind of hard to tell if the skin has gone green on the reds though. I was planning to use these to go with corned beef but not sure now... should I just peel them all?

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2021, 06:05:19 AM »
If I'm worried about greening, I always peel my potatoes.

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2021, 11:12:07 AM »
If you dig out the sprouts with the point of a knife, you can look for greening at the cut edge of the skin.

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2021, 08:53:12 AM »
Most potato peelers actually have a little round bit at the top or side that you can use to remove the eyes from potatoes. If you want to check for greening, it's not impossible to see on red potatoes at all. Or you can just peel a small bit around where the eye was and see.

As for softened/shriveled ones, I use them too, although I will peel them. If they're so squishy they're rotten through, you can tell pretty easily. If you're not sure, try cutting them in half and seeing what the middle looks like. It can be harder to peel softer potatoes so I'll sometimes use a knife rather than a peeler. At that stage, I don't much care if the skins I'm peeling are too thick anyway. 

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 09:30:58 AM »
Wait, people don't eat sprouted potatoes? I just dig them out with a knife or my fingernails as I wash them.

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2021, 09:46:02 AM »
Wait, people don't eat sprouted potatoes? I just dig them out with a knife or my fingernails as I wash them.

I've eaten them before as well and figured the same. But was more so curious, especially when they get soft or when people talk about them getting green. It seems, per consensus, that the potato is probably fine as long as you don't eat the actual sprouts or green portions. I guess I can make mashed potatoes out of these.

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Re: Saving sprouted red potatoes?
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2021, 01:23:01 PM »
Wait, people don't eat sprouted potatoes? I just dig them out with a knife or my fingernails as I wash them.

I've eaten them before as well and figured the same. But was more so curious, especially when they get soft or when people talk about them getting green. It seems, per consensus, that the potato is probably fine as long as you don't eat the actual sprouts or green portions. I guess I can make mashed potatoes out of these.

You can also toss them in some dirt and grow more potatoes! When I did it with youkon golds the resulting potatoes were small but tasted amazing.