Q. Sometimes at home I fix a single baked potato for dinner, sometimes for the family I bake 4-5 at a time. How can I easily tell when they are done?
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Dr. Potato 2015 “Is It Real?” What Does The Great Big Idaho Potato Truck “Spud” Really Look Like Without Its Clothes?Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Q. Some people may be fooled, but I’m not. That giant Idaho potato that has been touring the country isn’t real. I want to know what it looks like underneath that russet colored skin.
Q. Why did Idaho get a reputation for big potatoes?
1. Thinking that all russets are the same-
When plant scientist Luther Burbank came up with a few seeds in his garden that were different from the rest I am sure he had no idea that this particular variety would become the most popular variety for baking, year after year with consumers. Especially when planted in an ideal climate with mineral rich volcanic soil which is found in Idaho. The result of this high solids (starch) low moisture baker is a dry and fluffy potato. There are many russets on the market. Idaho requires, by law, that the particular variety be labeled on the bag or box. Often, when someone calls into our office and says “the potato just doesn’t cook up like it used to” I find that they were not aware of all the varieties out there or that russets come from as many as 40 different states. So ask for Idaho® potatoes and look for the “Grown in Idaho” seal on the packaging. If you like a moister potato, try the Russet Norkotah variety.
Q. Why did my baked potatoes turn brown on the inside when they were baked? We baked a large order of baked potatoes for fundraising events using convection ovens. We baked at 425 degrees F for about 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. Most of the time they turn out great but the last batch were 90 count potatoes and turn brown on the inside. We normally only use the 100 count sized potatoes.
Q. I’ve noticed that some chefs call for the same size potato for multiple uses, kind of an all-purpose size. They typically call for an Idaho® Russet. As a culinary student I find this confusing… it seems like it would cost more to buy a big potato when you are just going to cut it up.