What does “Break for Potatoes” Mean for Some Kids?

March 23rd, 2015

Q. When I was a kid, growing up in an area in Oregon that was dominated by agriculture I remember getting time off from high school to go pick raspberries and my friends in Idaho got to do this with potatoes. Do school kids still do this?

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I Eat A Baked Potato Every Night…

March 21st, 2015

Q. I eat a baked potato every night. I am wondering, can I bake 3 at a time and keep them in the refrigerator? Will they still have the same nutrition as baked daily?

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Idaho’s Reputation For Big Potatoes

March 19th, 2015

Q. Why did Idaho get a reputation for big potatoes?

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Potato Pairings With Fish For Lent

March 4th, 2015

Q. While Lent has already started for 2015* and the practice of many restaurants and non-commercial operators menuing fish on Friday, do you have any suggestions for pairing fish with potatoes for Lent?

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My Hash Browns Have Thawed. What Do I Do?!

March 2nd, 2015

Q. I have several packages of hash browns in my garage refrigerator freezer. I noticed that the freezer is not keeping them frozen solid. They are soft, but still very cold and have ice crystals. Is there a risk with cooking and eating them? If so, what specifically would be the concern?

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Potato Bars for Schools and Other Foodservice Operations

February 25th, 2015

Q. I recently saw an article on Salad Bars 2 Schools and wondered if the Idaho Potato Commission has done anything with hot food bars or ways to introduce fresh potatoes into the school system?

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Would You Like Fries With That And How To Replace Lost Potato Sales

February 12th, 2015

Q. We used to have just one choice of a side with our bundled meals and that was fries. Now we have lots of side dish options and I think I have discovered why my food costs have been climbing… the fries were much more profitable than offering a side salad or fruit. How can I get my profits back up?

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Potato Dishes I Can Fix For Valentine’s to Show My Love

February 6th, 2015

Q. Are there any suggestions you might make for Valentine’s Day if I choose to stay at home and fix dinner for my significant other?

A. There can be lots of love in serving Idaho potatoes for a special meal for Valentine’s Day. For inspiration, and to get you thinking outside the box, how about this clever picture that we shot a while ago:


Some of my favorite varieties for special occasion are fingerlings from Idaho. Check out these recipes:
















Testing Sugar Levels In Your Potatoes

January 20th, 2015

Q. I am looking for some information and advice on our red B size 1 grade raw potatoes we boil. We parboil the potatoes in pots of water for approximately 25-30 minutes depending on size. We test using a fork to see how the potato falls off the fork. We then place on cookie sheets (use cold water to spray over when placed on sheets) and put in our walk in cooler (38 degrees) overnight to slice and spin in a machine the next morning.

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Yellow Fleshed vs Yukon® Gold Potatoes

January 17th, 2015

Q. Can you please give me more information on Yukon Gold potatoes? I just bought 60 lbs. of potatoes from a local Mennonite farmer here in South Western Ontario, Canada. I asked two or three times specifically for Yukon Gold—and the reply was “Yes, these are Yukon Gold”. After I got home I looked at the bag and it says “yellow fleshed” and I am not really happy and they are definitely not “Yukon Golds”. My understanding is that Yukon Gold is a type of yellow fleshed but very distinct look and taste.

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