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3/25/19 12:01 P

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Potatoes that feel a little soft to the touch (not mushy, just give a little) are fine to use - they're just a little dried out. They're actually better for making things like fried potatoes because you don't have to cook as much moisture out of the potato during the process.

Potatoes that are sprouting but not green are also fine - just trim off the sprouts. There's nothing wrong with them.

Potatoes that are green - don't eat them. Just don't:
"Exposure to light makes potatoes turn green. The green itself isn't a problem — it's chlorophyll. But the same conditions that cause the potato to produce chlorophyll also cause it to produce solanine. Solanine is a mild natural toxin that causes nausea and other intestinal upsets."

You should always store potatoes somewhere dark and cool, definitely not just out in the open in the kitchen, even in a box marked for potatoes. I keep mine in my small reach-in pantry, but even that isn't ideal, as the kids frequently forget to shut the door, so we just only buy what we're going to use that week. We don't eat many potatoes, so I quit buying them in the bags, and now just get what we need loose from the bulk bin.

If your store only has green potatoes, definitely photograph and complain to management - that's unsafe food practices.

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3/23/19 11:11 A

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"Problem is they are always that way. I just got those a few days ago."

I hear ya! The issue is that the suppliers have improperly stored that particular batch, and shipped them out anyways. The store managers should have rejected them, but didn't.

We had a few stores with this issue a couple of months ago, where we could not find a bag without at least a few (if not most) of the potatoes either very green or sprouting. We brought it to the store managers' attention, and chose to purchase other root vegetables for a few weeks until they got in some properly stored potatoes.

Rutabaga, turnip, parsnips, radishes, and celeriac (celery root) all make great replacements for potatoes in most recipes --- along with sweet potatoes and squash. If the potatoes aren't good, then let management know and buy something else!

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3/23/19 5:40 A



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If you notice it before you buy, don't buy them, and mention it to the Management. The green part is often poisonous.

If I've bought a bag and some have green parts, I cut it until the green in no longer there, and discard that part, and while doing it curse the fact that it makes them rather expensive potatoes emoticon

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3/22/19 9:51 P

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Problem is they are always that way. I just got those a few days ago. I don't think they turned green because of age or anything. I think they picked (dug) them that way. They are firm and all, just green in color on the outside.

Thank you for the link.

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If I have a potato with one or two small greenish spots, then I'll chop that part of the potato off and use the rest (no children here). More than that, and that potato is discarded. If more than one potato in a bag is like that, and I've had them for less than a week, then I take the bag back to the store for a replacement / refund.

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3/22/19 8:17 P

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I'm not sure where to ask this. I have heard several times that you shouldn't eat any potatoes that have green peels. I have yet to be able to find any around here that don't have green peels. Some even with green in the potato itself.

How toxic are potatoes that have green peels? I just got some Yukon Golds, put them in a bin made for potatoes and when I got them out they are all green. I want to make some soup with them.



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