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.