Today I went to go get my potatoes and they were all growing roots already, and not just little ones which I normally just cut off but big ones (enough that I just didn’t want to eat them)! I just bought them 5 days ago, which led me to do a little online research. I obviously need to start storing my potatoes different! The results of my research: Apparently potatoes can be stored for up to six months! (Who knew?! I certainly didn’t!). But several weeks is the normal shelf life in homes (but not in mine)! Potatoes should be stored in a cool dark place that’s well ventilated (direct light produces greening which gives potatoes a bitter flavor). Ideally they should be stored at a temperature between 42-45°F (right… I have a special well ventilated box that circulates air at exactly 43.5°F). Temperatures warmer than 45°F encourage sprouting and shriveling; colder than 42°F encourage transformation of starch to sugar, which changes the taste and the cooking properties. If you store your potatoes in the fridge, they should be put out on a counter for a couple of days to allow the sugars to transform back into a starch before using. Oh and its perfectly safe to cut off an growths or green spots on potatoes.
There are several things you’ll always find in my freezer – corn, green beans & frozen fries (usually steak fries). The store bought fries are great in a bind, you can season them however you like and you don’t have to scrub potatoes or get out a chopping board. Today’s rendition are probably some of the best fries I’ve ever eaten. (Well except the seasoned fries at our local burger joint cause those really can’t be beaten! ). Hubby loved them as well and gobbled them up very quickly!
You of course don’t have to use store bought fries, you can whip up your own (particularly an easier task if you own a mandoline slicer; something that hasn’t yet made its way into my kitchen). As with many of the best things that come out of my kitchen, I really didn’t measure. I tossed two large handfuls of french fries (sprayed lightly with cooking oil) with 2 large cloves of chopped garlic, ~1 Tbsp parsley, and kosher salt & black pepper. Then I baked them per the directions on the package. They were delicious! I can’t wait to make these again, they’re a great side to a warm sandwich for lunch!