Potatoes are already incredibly versatile and well loved - where would we be without chips, mash or jacket potatoes!? However, during these strange times when food shopping is more of a hit-and-miss affair, and we are having to ‘make do’ with what we already have in our cupboards, we at Love Potatoes have racked our brains to bring some ideas of what you can do with your humble spud.
Find 10 of the best ways to serve potatoes and use them for practical purposes below.
Make your own crisps by carefully using the large slice side of your cheese grater, or your usual potato peeler. Afterwards, place thin slices of the raw potatoes on a baking tray, and spray with cooking oil and an array of salt, pepper, and any herbs and spices you may have in your cupboard.
According to Love Food Hate Waste, we waste 748,000 whole potatoes every day in UK homes as we cook and serve too many! Cooked mashed potato will keep in the fridge for up to two days, so save it and make another meal such as Bubble & Squeak, a topping for a pie or fishcakes with any leftovers!
If you are longing for linguine or fantasising about fusilli but don’t have any pasta, why not make your own gnocchi? It’s great for giving the kids their pesto hit, or any of their favourite pasta sauces for that matter, and once you’ve made a batch of your gnocchi you can freeze it and use it again next week.
If you haven’t got much flour, why not make potato pancakes? They are a great way to pep up that lunch and while you can top it with anything you’ve got, you can’t go wrong with a poached egg.
Thinking of things to try to keep the kids occupied? Why not have a go at growing your own potatoes? All you need to start is a sprouting potato, a container and some soil!
You can easily freeze cooked potatoes. If you have a large bag, and want to avoid any going to waste, you can make a batch of mash potato, which can be frozen for another day. Roast potatoes (if you have any left!) can also be frozen once cooked. Simply cook them straight from the freezer with a little oil – delicious!
Check to see if your potatoes are still ok to eat. Potatoes that have started to sprout should still be ok to eat – just check that it is still firm and not too wrinkly. Just remove any sprouts before cooking. Throw away any potatoes that have gone green and if you have them, always go by the ‘use by date’.
If you want to get arty, shape leftover potatoes into stamps and use some paints! The kids will love it. You can even use leftovers for some practical cleaning, too.
If you have hoovered everywhere, redecorated that spare room and decluttered all your drawers and looking for something else to do – how about cleaning some leather? Treat that well-used sofa and nourish your favourite leather shoes using some potatoes. According to Top Tenz and other sources, you can par boil potatoes, then chop in half once cool and rub the exposed half over your leather to feed and polish it. Be careful not to get the leather overly wet. Buff with a clean dry cloth.
If the kids (or you adults) have a clumsy moment and accidently knock over and break some glass, no fear – the potato is here! Sweep the area as you would usually, then take a raw potato, cut in half and gently press the exposed half onto the surface where the glass broke. Any small shards will be picked up and embedded in the potato (which you will put in the bin afterwards!)
Have unsightly stained plastic containers from leftover sauces? Avoid plastic staining by cutting a raw potato in half, then rub the raw potato around the inside of your food storage container before filling with your favourite dish. The sauce won’t stain your containers anymore.
If you’re hungry for more potato-filled goodness, dig into our full range of recipes. With some many to choose from, we doubt you’ll be wasting potatoes any time soon.
There’s nothing quite like enjoying crisp and crunchy jacket potato with fluffy insides loaded with tasty fillings. Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal. It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!
We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.
Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!
Knowing how to store potatoes correctly not only elongates the shelf life of your spuds but also retains the quality. This means your meals are going to be much better off for it. Feast on our insightful and helpful tips to ensure your potatoes are the best they can be when it comes to cooking up your next meal.
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