Soak raw potatoes in water for several hours when they are left sitting out without any harmful effects, or soak them overnight as long as they are refrigerated. Soaking raw potatoes in water helps to remove amylose, which is the starch molecule responsible for giving mashed potatoes a paste-like texture. The potatoes must be cut into small, 1-inch pieces to remove a significant amount of the starch.Know More
Washing potatoes that are parboiled or steamed helps to remove a greater amount of amylose than simply soaking them in water, creating mashed potatoes with a much fluffier texture. Rinsing is also beneficial for potatoes that are fried because the starch on the outside of the potatoes tends to burn before the inside of the potato is cooked.
Potatoes contain approximately 18 percent starch, although different kinds of potatoes contain different amounts. Russet and white potatoes have the highest starch content, so they do not hold their shape well after cooking. Their mealy texture is perfect for making mashed potatoes or for baking. Red and yellow potatoes have less starch which gives them a creamy texture that holds the potatoes' shape well after cooking. These potatoes work well for potato salad, soups and stew recipes.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
Potatoes come from a potato plant; part of the potato plant is above the ground, but the potatoes themselves grow underground. The portion of the plant that is above ground has leaves and flower buds. When a plant has flowered, this is a sign that potatoes are growing underground.Full Answer >
New potatoes are small, freshly harvested young potatoes with thin skins and a waxy texture. They have a higher moisture content than older potatoes, so they tend to be sweeter. They keep their original shape during the cooking process, making them ideal for use in potato salads.Full Answer >
One sweet potato has about 24 grams of carbohydrates. Most doctors agree that 15 grams of carbohydrates is a serving, so one sweet potato provides a little less than two servings of carbohydrates, depending on its size.Full Answer >
Eating raw potatoes does not cause worms, although it is not a particularly good practice for humans. Raw potatoes have a high concentration of alkaloids, which are broken down during the cooking process. Exposure to high levels of alkaloids can have adverse effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and hallucinations.Full Answer >