Ingredient: Potatoes

Red, Russet, New, Yukon Gold, Blue, Purple, Fingerling

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Potatoes are an ingredient that are just waiting for your creativity!




  • Description-

Potatoes are tubers which consist of 20% indigestible starch so they need to be eaten cooked.  When choosing potatoes, look for smooth and firm skin, no soft spots, sprouting or green color.  Potatoes come in white, gold, blue, red, and purple.

  • Preparation-

Potatoes are very versatile and can be prepared almost any way you can imagine.  Some common methods are: baked, boiled, roasted, fried, mashed, microwave

For all things mashed, check out this piece by our friend Olivia Rose on her website at My King Cook.

  • Varieties-

 There are three main types of potatoes:

  • Baking (starchy)- the most starchy variety, when it cooks it dries out and becomes fluffy
  • Boiling (waxy)- the least starchy
  • All Purpose (somewhere in the middle)- these work well in most potato dishes

Some of the varieties include:

Red, Russet, Yukon Gold, Blue, Purple, Fingerling

New Potatoes- Any variety that is harvested before it develops all of its starch

  • Storage-

Stored in a dry, cool and dark environment, potatoes will last for several weeks (3-5) if they are kept away from apples and onions.  It is helpful to store your potatoes in a paper bag. (Jess stores her in a dark open newspaper-lined bin under her counter).

  • Nutrition (when the skin is left on the potato)-

B6, C, thiamin, niacin, folate, iron, potassium, fiber


Springdell Fries From the Oven



Who doesn’t love French fries? Crispy sticks of deliciousness that you can eat with your fingers? Just be careful not to accidentally nibble a finger when devouring these! All you need is a little olive oil, a good potato, and a pinch of coarse salt to make a fry that is much healthier (and dare I say, tastier) than it’s deep fried cousin.


Begin by preheating your oven to 425. While that’s happening, scrub your potatoes, making sure there are no eyes or blemishes.


Using a good knife, slice your potato in half lengthwise. Place the flat sides down on your cutting board before carefully slicing the rest of the potato lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices (or slightly less).


Lay those slices flat and cut them lengthwise into 1/2 inch sticks. A little size variation is ok.


The next part depends on how low-fat you want your fries to be. Place your fries into a large mixing bowl and toss with a drizzle of olive oil until just coated, about 1-2 teaspoons per potato. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and toss again. Lightly spray your rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray to prevent sticking.


Arrange your fries in a single layer on the baking sheet (for crispiness-otherwise the ones piled on top get a little soggy). 


Place in the oven and cook for 25 minutes, carefully turning with a spatula about halfway through cooking time. Serve immediately.  


As the Springdell seasons progress, you’ll find that you can toss these fries with other herbs and spices of your choice. Here are a few suggestions: browned butter sage, rosemary garlic, chile cumin lime, lemon pepper, honey Sriracha… This recipe also works great with sweet potatoes, kohlrabi and rutabaga. 

Oh no we sprouted!  Please no worries!


As you go through the potato bin, you might find a few that are sprouting.  This is a good thing!  It shows that these potatoes have not been sprayed with the industrial strength growth retardants of the commercial farms.  You can of course cut these little sprouts off and eat the potato as per usual.  If your potatoes have started to get a little too wilty to enjoy, fear not!  Keep them in a cool spot in your basement and let them continue their sprouting activities.  In the spring, you can plant these “seed potatoes” and grow full plants of your own!  Even if you don’t have a garden, try to plant them in a shopping bag with enough dirt to cover them.  As the plant grows, cover it with more dirt. If all goes well, you’ll have grown a bag full of potatoes come summer!  (Be warned, however.  You may wind up with an abundance of potatoes yourself…)  The beautiful cycle of life continues!

Recipes Using Potatoes

Grandma’s Corn Chowder

A Springdell Farm recipe from Farmer Jamie! Bacon ends are a perfect item for making chowder…especially for those of you who have some corn in the freezer from your summer share.

Asparagus and Potato “Cake”

This was the result of a creative moment, but I have no regrets about the way it turned out! Potatoes and/or sweet potatoes provide the starchy middle that keeps things together, and the asparagus provides the springy gimmick. The rest of the ingredients are pretty flexible, so make it your own and have fun!

New England Clam Chowder

This hearty New England tradition is all the better when made with fresh and hearty New England ingredients! Salt pork is used in my Nan’s version, but I find bacon ends to be even better (plus, they don’t leave the house smelling so icky). You won’t find clam juice on the “staples” list in Veggiescope, so be sure to pick up 2 cups worth before starting this recipe.

Alton Brown’s Shepherds Pie

Tested and approved by fellow Springdellian Holly F, this recipe differs from Gordon Ramsay’s just a bit, and includes the addition of corn and peas. If you have peas and corn in season or in your chest freezer, try this one! If not, perhaps go with Chef Ramsay’s. Either way, shepherd’s pie is a great way to enjoy your lamb!

Potato and Acorn Squash Dumplings

These were a great stand-in for the traditional dough version, great for sopping up the flavors of a hearty stew or broth. The acorn squash is an impromptu addition that I was quite happy with. You’ll need potato starch on hand for this one to keep it gluten free.

Massaman Pumpkin Curry

Do you like Thai curry? How about the warm and comforting flavor of Massaman curry? If so, this dish may be for you! I called it pumpkin curry in the title because that’s how I originally started making it, but as you can see this version has delicata squash. Really, any winter squash will do. Carrots and potatoes are great also if you have them on hand. This recipe lends itself to a slow cooker, instant pot, or stovetop. Make it with chicken or as a vegetarian dish. There are tips in the post to make it your own. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!