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Old 03-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #11
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CW, did you really just say I could sew my own burlap sacks?
OK, that is fitting since I just told you to add meat to jazz up a vegetarian lasagna

Earthy smell. Yes they did. Not nearly as earthy as some others I have bought. A while back I threw some out that REALLY smelled earthy. I couldn't stand the smell of them even after peeling. They did not go bad like these ones did though. But these defeinitely smelled earthy.
Good tip.

I am armed with a few more things on my checklist when I buy my spuds now.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:46 PM   #12
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It's spring. Unless those potatoes are from some distance away, they were harvested last fall. Of course they are old.

I notice the difference this time of year with cabbage and beets too.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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CW, did you really just say I could sew my own burlap sacks?
OK, that is fitting since I just told you to add meat to jazz up a vegetarian lasagna

Earthy smell. Yes they did. Not nearly as earthy as some others I have bought. A while back I threw some out that REALLY smelled earthy. I couldn't stand the smell of them even after peeling. They did not go bad like these ones did though. But these defeinitely smelled earthy.
Good tip.

I am armed with a few more things on my checklist when I buy my spuds now.
Yup--you can sew your own burlap sacks <g>. And I can't add meat to the lasagne because my friend is a vegetarian (and allergic to beans and soy--including tofu, so can't add those either). I have a whole lot of veggies to incorporate in the sauce and layers. We'll see. She's bringing the wine, so maybe it won't matter. But you can bet I am eating meat on Sunday!
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:41 PM   #14
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It's spring. Unless those potatoes are from some distance away, they were harvested last fall. Of course they are old.

I notice the difference this time of year with cabbage and beets too.
The thing that made these stand out was how quickly they started growing eyes and the size of those eyes. Moreso that any other potatoes I've bought this time of year.
I haven't seen Kleenex posting any information on them injecting hormones into potatoes, so I guess I'm safe
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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Pacanis - please take a read - potatoes are one of the top 12 most contaminated with pesticides:
Organic.org - The "Dirty Dozen"

FWIW: I get mine at the Farmers Market each week and they last for a really long time before they can see ;)
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Pacanis - please take a read - potatoes are one of the top 12 most contaminated with pesticides:
Organic.org - The "Dirty Dozen"

FWIW: I get mine at the Farmers Market each week and they last for a really long time before they can see ;)
They even have apps for Android and iPhone. I like being able to check that stuff in the store. I have it pretty well memorized, but they update and stuff moves around on the list.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:58 PM   #17
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aren't potatoes all about the timing of harvest, and then the exact temp and environment that they are stored to sort of ripen?

that's not the right word for it, but i remember seeing something about the specifics of how spuds are processed before going to the market.

maybe you got a poorly handled bunch, and that's why they were on sale., pacnar lofbruk.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #18
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Pacanis - please take a read - potatoes are one of the top 12 most contaminated with pesticides:
Organic.org - The "Dirty Dozen"

FWIW: I get mine at the Farmers Market each week and they last for a really long time before they can see ;)
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to read. The list? I believed you when you said potatoes were on the list
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This is going to sound really strange and I am sure others may not agree, but I have learned a lot about the smell of food - I can tell when something is done by it's smell faster than looking at it, sticking in a thermometer or toothpick or cutting in. This is the same (for me) for produce. If the potatoes smell strong and very earthy, unless they are covered in dirt they are probably old. The bags should have holes in them so you should be able to smell them (and not look too obvious about it). I do this with broccoli and many other veggies as well.
I agree fully! I do the sniff test with everything I buy
If there are holes poked into packaging of meat, fruit or veg chances are I was in the store
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Just a suggestion - you could prep the potatoes and freeze them for future use. If I had a bunch of potatoes that were going to go bad soon, I would probably peel, chop and par-boil a bunch of them for home fries and french fries. Even if you didn't use them for that, they would still work for stews or mashed potatoes.
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