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I Am Really Struggling with Weekly Potatoes, I Wonder if Anyone Can Help?

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I have to shop online and do a big shop once a week, mid week, I am now living a Potato nightmare! On a bad week the Potatoes will be out of date in just a day or two, on a really bad week they are out of date the same day, I've tried all the Potatoes available, Organic seemed a good idea last week but they were all green so that bag was wasted, with what dates I get I've tried storing them in a cupboard, in the fridge, in a black sack in a cupboard but the dates are so short nothing helps, Hubby really likes Potatoes, or should I say he used too! There's no such thing as frozen Potatoes, probably as they contain so much water and most of the frozen roast he doesn't like, can anybody help please, I'm desperate! Thanks x

JoTarpley
3 months ago
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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

The supermarkets should hang their heads in shame because most of them make wild promises about only picking the best and freshest as you would yourself. I live alone and one time a pack of new potatoes which should have done me 3 meals, arrived with the bbe the following day. Same with a packet of tomatoes which felt moist and sticky before I realised one in the corner was actually mouldy!

I have found they keep after the date if in fridge or cupboard but that is not the point, they taste better when fresh. I cannot offer any help or advice but I would suggest contacting the shop you order from and complaining. I told them that I would expect a packet of potatoes bought on Monday to still be ok for Thursday or Friday and I also moaned about the tomatoes. I got a £10 refund straight into my account.

I do tend to restrict my online shop to non perishables only now and pop to a local shop for fruit and veg. I know it can be a pain but less time and less to carry than doing a big shop yourself.

Strangely enough the best tomatoes I get for longevity and flavour (vine type) are from Iceland.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

Believe me I have moaned many times Lynibis but it's the person on the end of the phone who has to keep passing the messages on to the store so I seem to be fighting a losing battle and no car now as I have just explained to Ange, thanks for your reply though x

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angemski
angemski3 months ago

I agree with Lynibis that the suppliers have a lot to answer for and don't get me started on carrots! The only solution would be to buy them from a Farm Shop if you can - I know many of the producers, around the country, offer reasonable subscriptions for weekly/fortnightly boxes of FRESH veg. The quality and 'life' of these are mind blowing and it makes me cross that we are palmed off with sub-standard food from the larger suppliers. If you are able, perhaps a bucket filled with compost and a couple of chitted potatoes would be a fun project for another time - aint gonna give you many meals but you will experience a fresh spud.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

No car now Ange thanks to a Stagecoach bus writting it off for me on my way home from Tesco, thanks for the bucket tip though! x

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

Lol I think that should have been righting? Strange word really!

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Jamala
Jamala3 months ago

Ignore the sell by date, potatoes keep for ages. Remove them from the plastic packaging when you get them or they will sweat, and place in a cool dark place .. I have a small hessian bag under the sink, but used to use an old bucket. If they start to sprout then just knock the tubers off when you are peeling them. Green won't kill you ... in olden times it was one of the signs of arsenic in the soil, just peel it away.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

Thanks very much Jamala, I'll try your way of storing them! x

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SarahHorsfield
SarahHorsfield3 months ago

JoTarpley I take mine out of the plastic and store ina cupboard

like I say trust your senses look, smell ,taste with food

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Mango4
Mango43 months ago

Don't see the problem really, I'm still using bags of Potatoes, bought three weeks ago just after easter when they were on offer in Morrisons.

Dates on produce are only sell buy date, it's all perfectly ok to use after that date, it's the use by/eat by dates you need to take greater care with.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

Goodness, I guess you are lucky then Mango4!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Unless they have started sprouting you can still use them. Unless it says use by on them, then they will be fine.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

They all sprout, we have tried using them and Hubby says they are not very nice, thanks though MrsCraig! x

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

JoTarpley ahh that's a shame. We are able to keep potatoes in our fridge for ages, even after their sell by date and they very rarely sprout. Wonder why this is happening to your potatoes? Not sure what to suggest. My mother keeps hers in the dark in a hessian like bag, that might work? Also I know that you can get frozen mashed potato as I've seen it, but no idea what it would be like. Sorry I can't offer anymore advice.

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

MrsCraig 8 adults staying in a rented place for Xmas, we made shepherds pie one night. For convenience and speed (and not to spend too much of our holiday cooking) we used the ready made mash from the chill section and the result was great. We all agreed it tasted no different.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Lynibis interesting. I might give it a go to see what it is like. I was tempted to buy it the other day to use for making baby food as it would be a lot quicker, but I think it would contain too much salt and sugar so the old fashioned way it is.

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

MrsCraig yes I agree, they often overload stuff like this with salt and stuff. Check the amounts on pack. I make my own usually, see below, but good in an emergency or standby.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Lynibis just seen your comment below, definitely going to do that.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

MrsCraig I did try that on him, I had to give the unused stuff to a neighbour as I'd bought 2 bags of it ROTFL

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

MrsCraig Don't worry! You've been great, appreciate your help! x

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

JoTarpley oh dear! He must really know his potatoes!

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Lynibis Could be the excitement of the holiday that makes it taste better lol x

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CathSho13
CathSho133 months ago

I keep potatoes for weeks 🤣 even if they got little green patches or the white root things i just cut them off 🙊

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Lol Thanks for replying anyway Cath x

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

In the past I have bought a bag of spuds which is far too much for me. I can never use before I consider them past it and because I hate waste i peel them all and freeze them in various ways. I cook and mash some, put in a container and freeze. Others I cut into roast potato size boil for about 8 minutes, cool on a clean tea towel and then gently shake in some flour and place in freezer bags. Ready to roast when you are! You can part boil them chipped as well before freezing but I have never done this as I use frozen chips anyway. If you are really up for it you could make potato latkes(?) And find other recipes too.

angemski MrsCraig you may be interested.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig3 months ago

Lynibis brilliant ideas! Definitely going to do a batch cook of potatoes and freeze them. Never thought to do that before!

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

OMG! Thank you sooo much Lynibis, you are brilliant! xx

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend3 months ago

Lynibis thank you so much for sharing your tips on potatoes. Never thought of this. It's a log time since I had a potatoe. I live on my own and the bags are just to big for one. By I will get a bag and do what you said. Image

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

nicolajaynehend yr welcome. I always use Maris Piper but my son (an ex chef) likes King Edwards. They do small bags of new potatoes which do me 3 meals easily and don't go out of date in that time. I boil in bottom of steamer with veg in middle and fish on top one night, have with chicken or similar second night when I cook them all but put half aside when cool and saute 3rd day with an omelette.

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend3 months ago

Lynibis I just got some new potatoes. And that's in a small bag. Like you they will do 3 or 4 days. I know you can freeze jacket potatoes. You cook them first then after they are cold you can freeze them. With new potatoes I love to make home made potatoe salad. I add a few spring onions in. It much better to make it your self. My friends look at me when I said I make my own. They say it's Easter to buy it. Image

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Now that is being inventive Lynibis, shame I can't give you some points for that lol

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Ah! I thought you had to part cook jackets to freeze them, I didn't realise you could freeze them when fully cooked, how do you re-heat yours then Nicola, microwave?

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend3 months ago

JoTarpley yes I heat the bake potatoe in the microwave. When I do a roast on a Sunday I cook the potatoes then. It's so much easyer. Then just de frost potatoe then warm it up. 😊

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
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3 months ago

Thanks Nicola, another brilliant idea, you've all been soooo helpful and I really appreciate it! x

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend3 months ago

JoTarpley you are welcome. 😊

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi3 months ago

You can make complain about the potatoes. They will pay back the price.

I use potatoes after their use by date... You can keep them in fridge so they do not germinate as fast.

Just remember to the old times... There were no fresh potatoes for months.

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Ceebers
Ceebers
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3 months ago

I always keep mine in a dark, dry place to try and stop them from sprouting. Nothing lasts in my house, as you know, everything gets munched fairly quickly!

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Believe me, I have complained many many times Agnes, thanks though! x

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

That's what I've been trying to do Ceebers but when the Potatoes aren't at their best when I get them then I'm fighting a losing battle! x

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Lynibis
Lynibis3 months ago

http://www.laterlife.com/features/health-food-potatoes-may19.htm

So ironic that I found this in my emails today. Particularly interested in the 4th paragraph up from the bottom! Jamala Mango4 angemski MrsCraig CathSho13 AgnesFaludi Ceebers

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi3 months ago

yeah...4 months in the fridge, but I remember that we had them in cold place in the 80`s and that time we had no potatoes all year around, from spring to October and before it freeze it all needed to come out. Everyone bought a lot of them, big bags of potatoes...10-15kg or more for the Winter. Also remember we had the variety Desire, which is a red potato.

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JoTarpley
JoTarpley
Original Poster
3 months ago

Now you've reminded me, I can actually remember the days when I used to buy a big bag of Potatoes, what on earth has happened??!!

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