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Red Potato

Red potatoes, a popular and versatile variety of potatoes, are characterized by their smooth, thin red skin and waxy, yellowish-white flesh. They have a firm texture and hold their shape well when cooked, making them an excellent choice for dishes such as potato salad, soups, and stews. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals, red potatoes provide a healthy and filling addition to any meal. Their low starch and high moisture content result in a creamy and slightly less-fluffy texture when mashed, ideal for home cooks seeking to prepare delicious potato-based dishes.
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IN FRESH VEGETABLES
70
CAL / 100G
$0.06
AVG / OZ
red potato
89%
CARBS
1%
FAT
11%
PROTEIN
Red Potato FAQ
When it comes to red potatoes, some of the common mistakes people make are peeling them before cooking, overcooking, or treating them like they would high-starch potatoes such as Russets. Peeling the potato not only reduces its nutritional content but it also takes away its beautiful reddish color that can enhance the appearance of a dish. Overcooking them can turn these waxy potatoes into a mushy mess. And, unlike high-starch potatoes, red potatoes have a waxy texture and don’t become soft and fluffy when cooked. They are ideal for dishes where you want the potatoes to hold their shape. To get the most from red potatoes, don't peel them. Their skin contains a good amount of vitamins and the colour can enhance a dish aesthetically. Boiling, roasting or grilling enhances their sweet, subtle flavor and superb texture. They can be added whole to stews or soups, and they work well in potato salads because they hold their shape when sliced or cubed. One little known top tip is that red potatoes are one of the best choices for making crispy roasted potatoes. Just toss them in a little oil, season as desired and roast until crisp and golden. Another tip is that red potatoes are great for slow cooker dishes. Since they hold their shape well during cooking, you can add them at the beginning of cooking time and they won’t fall apart.
Do I need to peel red potatoes before cooking?
Are red potatoes good for mashing?
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Do red potatoes get soft when cooked?
Are red potatoes healthier than white potatoes?
Can you use red potatoes in a slow cooker?
Why are my red potatoes turning green?
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Can red potatoes be used for frying?
What dishes work well with red potatoes?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does red potato expire?
Unopened: Potatoes are harvested and stored in unopened bags so this doesn't apply. Shelf guidelines after purchase are about 3 weeks at normal room temperature away from light and about 2-3 months in cool places, like a basement. After Opening: As soon as potatoes are exposed to air they begin to dehydrate, so store them in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place where they'll last for up to 3 weeks. Frozen: Freezing isn't typically recommended for raw red potatoes as it can seriously alter their texture and taste. If using in a dish such as a stew, they can be frozen as part of the cooked dish. Compared to Printed Date: Potatoes don't come with a printed expiration date, they’re best eaten within 3 weeks of purchase to enjoy their best taste and nutritional value.
How do you tell if red potato is bad?
Potatoes gone bad are simple to identify. They might have green spots, which should be cut off before consumption as they contain toxins. If the potatoes have begun sprouting, they should be used immediately or removed to avoid rotting. A rotten potato may be shriveled and discolored. The worst case is a very foul smell, indicating the potato is not suitable for consumption in any circumstance.
Tips for storing red potato to extend shelf life
• Store in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place to keep them fresh longer. Light and heat will cause your potatoes to sprout sooner. • Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator. The cold will cause the starch to turn into sugar, affecting the taste. • Do not wash potatoes before storing; this can quicken spoilage. • Reserve the plastic bag potatoes come in for other uses. Instead, store them in a breathable paper bag, mesh bag, or cardboard box to increase their lifespan. • Keep potatoes away from onions, as both release gases that promote the other’s decay. • Immediately remove and use any potatoes that have started to sprout to prevent the rot from spreading to other potatoes in the bag.
EXPIRES WITHIN
7 - 10
WEEKS
Health Info
Macros
27g
CARBS
0g
FAT
3g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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