Not for Couch Potatoes

February 16, 2011 8:19:49 AM PST
Thanks to Valentine's Day, February is known for love. Coincidentally, it is also Potato Lovers Month.

Americans love their spuds. Potatoes come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Tony Stallone with the Peapod was in our ABC7 studio to show us how to make tasty dishes, like garlic fries.

Oven Baked Garlic Fries recipe

Tips from Tony on storing, buying and using potatoes:

  • Store in a cool dark place, a temperature between 45 and 55 degrees is ideal.
  • If a potato begins to develop sprouts, simply cut out the sprouts and use.
  • Never store next to onions as each vegetable emits a gas that will accelerate decay in the other
  • You can refrigerate, but bring to room temperature before using
  • Scrub well before cooking
  • Enjoy with the skin on, the skin is rich in fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, etc.
  • Buy firm potatoes free from cracks or wrinkles, reject any that have a tinge of green (indicating the presence of solanine) or that are soft.