All Purpose Potatoes Work Well in Most Applications.
All Purpose Potatoes
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Some Potatoes are a bit like both Starchy Potatoes and a bit like Waxy Potatoes. Think of All-Purpose Potatoes (also known as Medium Starch Potatoes) as falling in between with less Starch than Starchy Potatoes but more starch than Waxy Potatoes allowing them to hold together better when cooked. All Purpose Potatoes will work for most Potato dishes.

Availability

All Purpose Potatoes are available year long.

Purchasing

At the store, look for All Purpose Potatoes with the fewest blemishes, that are firm and have not buds growing from the top.

Storage

All Purpose Potatoes should be kept cool and dry and dark. In their raw un-peeled form, All Purpose Potatoes will last 1-2 weeks at room temperature. They will last longer (months) in a cooler environment. 

If raw All Purpose Potatoes are kept in abundant light, or stored in very cold or very hot places they can develop high levels of toxic Solanin, a naturally occurring alkaloid. If the stored All Purpose Potatoes have areas of green discoloration, that is from SoIanin. The Solanin can usually be removed by simply cutting out the green toxic areas.

If you have peeled your All Purpose Potatoes, they should be stored in water in the refrigerator where they can be held for up to 3 to 5 days.

Culinary Uses

All Purpose Potatoes are moister than starchy Potatoes and can hold together in Boiling water. All Purpose Potatoes are particularly useful for Roasting, Pan FryingStewing and are good in Soups or Gratins. They can also be Baked, Mashed, or Deep Fried like a Starchy Potato, but will not produce the same results fluffy results.

Portion Size

Allow 2-4 oz of All Purpose Potatoes per person.

Pairings

BasilBay LeafCilantroParsleyCinnamonClovesCorianderCumin, Curry Powder, Dill, Nutmeg, PaprikaPepperSaltRosemarySageSugarBrown SugarTarragonVanilla, Apples, Bananas, Bell Peppers, Chile Peppers, Chives, Coconut, CranberriesGarlicGingerKaleLeeksLemonsLimesMushroomsOnions, Oranges, Pears, Persimmons, PineapplePotatoes, Pumpkin, TomatoesBeansChestnuts,  HazelnutsPeanutsPecansWalnutsButterCreamCrème FraicheSour CreamYogurtBeefChickenDuck, Pork, Ham, BaconProsciutto, Bourbon, Brandy, Wine, MolassesHoneyOilsOlive OilPeanut OilSesame OilVinegarsBalsamic VinegarCider VinegarRice Wine VinegarWorcestershire SauceStocksChicken StockBeef StockGravy

Nutritional Value USDA
POTATOES,RAW,SKIN
Amount Per 100g
Calories 58
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 10mg
8%
Potassium 413mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 12g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Potatoes have fairly good nutritional value which is why they became an important part of the European diet. Potatoes provide Potassium, Vitamins A and C, along with some other vitamins and minerals.

Cooking Potatoes for too long on High Heat can cause high levels of Acrylamide, a potential carcinogen to form.

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes