Reader: I love Irish potatoes but it is a challenge storing them as they get spoil easily. Please advise.
If you are buying potatoes and do not have a place to store them under ideal conditions, please purchase only the quantity you will consume in a few weeks or days.
I also had a challenge storing them because I love using them for fries but since I discover the best ways, its been safe. So prepare the location in advance before buying.
Steps to Store healthy Potatoes
Lay your potatoes in a tray or table in a cool, dark place.
Let the potatoes sit this way undisturbed. After about two weeks, the potato skins will be thickened and dry.
Raise the temperature to 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit ,slightly higher than normal for storage.
Don’t store cut potatoes in the open. Once you cut potatoes,cook them as soon as possible. The exposed flesh of the potato doesn’t keep well compared to the tougher skin.
Don’t store potatoes near fruit. Many fruits, like apples, pears, and bananas, excrete a chemical called ethylene. This gas encourages ripening — you may have noticed that your fruits tend to ripen faster when you keep them next to each other. so store your fruit elsewhere.
Not everyone enjoy having Irish potatoes as a meal. Some people prefer to have them as a snack like a meat pie. Reason because it taste is not very appetizing like that of a sweet potato.
But amazingly, Here are five very good reasons to love irish potatoes.
They’re loaded with potassium. Potassium is a mineral that’s crucial for life. It’s necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to work normally. And most importantly, potassium plays a role in lowering blood pressure.
Potatoes are packed with fiber. If you eat the skin, at least it contain 7 grams of dietary fiber but without the skin that fiber count drops to 1 gram. A diet rich in fiber will not only help you stay fuller for longer, it’s also been shown to reduce heart attack, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes.
High Dose vitamin C. Potatoes also contain good amount of vitamin C especially from the skin and as we know, vitamin C plays an important role as an antioxidant and helps heal wounds.
Good source of manganese. Manganese plays a role in bone formation and potatoes and it skin which is filled with protein can give you the recommended daily amount of manganese.
And they’re rich in vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps maintain healthy brain function, It helps in breaking down and digesting proteins. So, the higher the protein intake, the greater is the requirement of vitamin B. The vitamin also helps in forming red blood cell. So a potato (with the skin!) is a good place to start.
So I attended a Mobile Web Conference meet-up, 2013 at Four Point Hotel Victoria Island. And during the hiatus, I decided to order for lunch. Was wondering what I would like to eat, as I wanted to try something different. So I ordered for Irish potatoes and fish.
This Irish potatoes with catfish, chicken and chopped lettuce garnished with olive oil, taste so amazing. It is also easy to replicate at home.
Four point hotel is known for it continental, French and African cuisine. Check out the white soup locally called ‘Ofe Nsala’ I also tasted, bet you will love it!
The atmosphere is clean and conducive. The staff, courteous and friendly,
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