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Old 09-07-2005, 04:51 PM   #1
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Potato Pancakes Question - Seeing Red

It's been a while since I've made potato pancakes. Stopped making them because, everything turned red... dish towel etc. (trying to wring the water out)). I know there's probably an oxidation thing going on re starch & air, etc., but would like to know how I get rid of the red. Please save my dish towels .

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Old 09-07-2005, 05:08 PM   #2
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Were you using red skinned potatoes? Had they been peeled?
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:12 PM   #3
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Andy, used my regular peeled Idahos.
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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I've had that happen, too, mish. The pancakes turned out an awful color but tasted just fine. DH wouldn't touch them--the color freaked him out!

I have no idea why either. Hopefully someone will be able to tell us!
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:27 PM   #5
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Its sort of like apples turning brown. Try soaking dishtowels in lemon juice and then setting them out in the sun. Mom says the acid is what gets rid of the stain. Try rubbing it on your fingers if they get stained too. I also heard rubbing salt on the stains works, but I've never tried that.

If you peel the potatoes and then completely cover them in water until you use them that usually cuts down on the discolouration.
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If you peel the potatoes and then completely cover them in water until you use them that usually cuts down on the discolouration.
Alix, Thank You! Hope that works. Knew I couldn't be alone here with shredded potatoes turning red. It's such an easy recipe (I enjoyed), but couldn't remedy the red mess. Thought about squeezing lemon juice over the shredded potatoes...but know there's probably something easier that I'm missing.
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Old 09-07-2005, 05:43 PM   #7
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I bet you could sprinkle lemon juice on it and it would be fine. Try shredding them into cold water (like use a bowl and strainer combo) and when you are ready to mix in the flour etc, strain the shredded stuff and squeeze the excess moisture out. I bet that would work well. Give it a go. I may try that myself next time.
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Use regular potatoes. That is what I do.
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I bet you could sprinkle lemon juice on it and it would be fine. Try shredding them into cold water (like use a bowl and strainer combo) and when you are ready to mix in the flour etc, strain the shredded stuff and squeeze the excess moisture out. I bet that would work well. Give it a go. I may try that myself next time.
Thans Alix. That makes sense. I'll give it a try. Sure do miss home made potato pancakes...with sour cream, apple sauce or (oohh la la) caviar or some smoked salmon.
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Don't forget the fried onions and bacon too. Mmmmmmmmm!!!
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