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Question: Red Potatoes (eating the skin)

Started 1331056917.48 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1331182734.213 by Katey1261

Do you peel your potatoes, or do you eat the skin?

IF you eat the skin, how do you know you've gotten all the insecticide off?

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Pelham1331057194.737833 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

I don't peel red potatoes and just scrub with a vegetable brush under running water.

summersage1331057282.9532324 PostsRegistered 7/28/2010
On 3/6/2012 Pelham said:

I don't peel red potatoes and just scrub with a vegetable brush under running water.


That's exactly what I do.

Summer



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little mis­s sunshine1331057306.82426 PostsRegistered 10/13/2006

I never peel red potatoes. I wash and scrub them with a veggie brush and then cook with them. I've never been poisened in 69 years.

gloriajean1331057320.59311993 PostsRegistered 12/31/2006MN

Eat the skin - never peel. Our potatoes are organic or right from our garden in the summer/fall.


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The way you live it is your gift to God
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WSfan1331057497.22116 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Sometimes I peel potatoes before cooking them, sometimes I do not, depending on the recipe. If I am cooking and eating potatoes with the skins on, I scrub each one with a vegetable brush under running water. Likewise, after peeling them; I rinse them with water.

I never eat or cook with any fruit or vegetable without washing them first, with the exception of bananas. One can never be too careful with food.

mima1331057936.58314349 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

The skins are the best part of a potato! I always eat them. Just scrub them first.

Mima

bigkat1331058286.9573849 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010West Michigan

Like others said, wash and scrub well! Especially veg/fruits that you don't cook like melons and citrus. I'm amazed how many people and restaurants don't do that, and go to slice a melon and all the bacteria on the outside gets transferred to the inside on the knife.

PinkyPetun­ia1331059030.6274530 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

Insecticide? Potatoes grow under the ground so they would not have been sprayed.

bigkat1331059861.3373849 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010West Michigan
On 3/6/2012 PinkyPetunia said:

Insecticide? Potatoes grow under the ground so they would not have been sprayed.


But the plant is above ground and I would imagine they do get some sort of pesticides sprayed(which does transfer down to the veg. as it is growing) , or even pesticides in with the fertilizer...any way, just clean well!Smile

AnikaBrodie1331060035.6515040 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys

Baked potato with skin ON. That's the best part IMHO.

~~~The Silver Fox ~~~
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glmama1331060234.59719630 PostsRegistered 12/8/2006
I rarely peel red potatoes, just brush them with a veggie brush. I typically roast them.

Over 40. Dark hair. Fair, with mild-moderate Rosacea. Finicky skin. Did I mention--Gorgeous? ;)

Missey11331061942.5473174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA

Buy organic potatoes. In fact just yesterday on Dr. Oz recommended organic because of the pesticides used. I am sure potatoes are heavly sprayed, as are tomatoes because of worms/potato bug. Anyway I have only been buying organic potatoes for a long while. And I also have eaten many that were not organic.

boby1331062435.1433082 PostsRegistered 2/10/2006Town of Ulster-suburb of Kingston, NY

Guess I'm kind of down the middle on this one. Definitely wash (pesticides or no they do have some grit since they grow underground). Then I peel about a quarter inch wide strip around the entire circumference of the potato (for the small red ones). This allows the braising liquid to soak into and flavor the potato, and it also makes kind of a nice presentation when you put the "striped" potatoes on the plate.

GoodStuff1331062643.59314661 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I never peel red potatoes -- the skin is edible and so pretty! Just scrub well with a veggie brush and boil.

depglass1331065257.21323723 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

Well, if the outside is getting insecticide from spraying, so is the inside. I guess it boils down to do you want to eat organic and pay a lot, or risk your health and get cheap potatoes. I go back and forth on this one. I figure the damage has already been done to most of us.

Missey11331065489.9073174 PostsRegistered 12/21/2008Sierra Foothills CA

A 5 lb bag of potatoes is about $3 something here. Unless you eat a lot of potatoes or have a large family, that isn't a bad price.

Desertdi1331068286.69715715 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

I never peel potatoes

Scorpio19711331156586.723323 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I purchase a fruit & vegetable wash and use it on everything, even if I'm going to be peeling the skin off, because I want it clean before cutting or slicing it open. I think the only thing I don't use it on is onions because of the type of skin on them. They are usually citrus based and remove dirt, pesticide residue and prevervative wax

I purchase mine either in Stop &Shop or Trader Joe's, depending on where I'm shopping when I need it. The Stop & Shop one is in a trigger spray bottle...very handy that way. The TJ brand is in a squeeze nozzle type bottle so I just transfer it into the spray bottle which I prefer. I keep it on the counter near the sink so it is always available to use.

You might even try searching the web to find a recipe for one you could make at home from common household ingredients you may have at home.

What goes around comes around.

forrestwolf1331160274.2436012 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia

I never peel any of my potatoes........I always scrub them, and any little "eyes", I either scrape with a paring knife, or my thumb nail to get rid of all the "black"..........Cool

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

di-mc1331160438.6777305 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world

According to Dr. Oz, always buy organic potatoes. Due to the fact that the skins are often eaten and thin, it's impossible to remove the insecticide.

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gkelly57441331161838.422433 PostsRegistered 4/22/2010
On 3/7/2012 forrestwolf said:

I never peel any of my potatoes........I always scrub them, and any little "eyes", I either scrape with a paring knife, or my thumb nail to get rid of all the "black"..........Cool

Have always done it this way also and still around after 50+ years and thats how it was done by my Mom all her life!! NOTHING better than going out to the garden & digging up some "new potatoes" and having them for supper!! sssooooooo good!!!

forrestwolf1331164397.6676012 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia
On 3/7/2012 gkelly5744 said:
On 3/7/2012 forrestwolf said:

I never peel any of my potatoes........I always scrub them, and any little "eyes", I either scrape with a paring knife, or my thumb nail to get rid of all the "black"..........Cool

Have always done it this way also and still around after 50+ years and thats how it was done by my Mom all her life!! NOTHING better than going out to the garden & digging up some "new potatoes" and having them for supper!! sssooooooo good!!!

Well...........I am not dead after 49+ years.........{#emotions_dlg.lol} Grannie used to make potatoes with a "thickening sauce", and they were just devine..........{#emotions_dlg.wub} The other night I just scrubbed me a couple of small red potatoes, boiled, and added butter, and sour cream with dried chives mixed in the sour cream, and LOTS of black pepper.....................Cool

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

misspammie1331164799.40712273 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia

excuse me, but I'm a potato PRO,,,,love the skins, love it all,,,,,and I'll have you know a real pro (like I am) scrubs the taters with a brush that looks like a potato!!!!!! that's what I use and I dare anyone to be more potato than I {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

forrestwolf1331165251.856012 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia
On 3/7/2012 misspammie said:

excuse me, but I'm a potato PRO,,,,love the skins, love it all,,,,,and I'll have you know a real pro (like I am) scrubs the taters with a brush that looks like a potato!!!!!! that's what I use and I dare anyone to be more potato than I {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

There you have it................THE PRO HAS SPOKEN..........and never question the judgement of misspammie ...........Way to go, and good advice...............My I call you MS Potato head insted of misspammie?????????????{#emotions_dlg.lol}

"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack"
1895 Rudyard Kipling
EDUCATE........NOT ERADICATE

misspammie1331166073.08712273 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia
On 3/7/2012 forrestwolf said:
On 3/7/2012 misspammie said:

excuse me, but I'm a potato PRO,,,,love the skins, love it all,,,,,and I'll have you know a real pro (like I am) scrubs the taters with a brush that looks like a potato!!!!!! that's what I use and I dare anyone to be more potato than I {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

There you have it................THE PRO HAS SPOKEN..........and never question the judgement of misspammie ...........Way to go, and good advice...............My I call you MS Potato head insted of misspammie?????????????{#emotions_dlg.lol}


forrest, my dawink,,,,yes you may bowwww down to ms potato head,,,,ONLY if you agree to change my facial expressions on a daily basis.,,,i.e. {#emotions_dlg.angry} {#emotions_dlg.crying} {#emotions_dlg.scared} {#emotions_dlg.blink},,,,,do they still make those facial things to stick on a potato?? think they're plastic now.

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

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