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Spuds-u-like?

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Spuds-u-like?

After many years of just picking up a bag of spuds at the supermarket, I went to a farmers and bought a 25k bag.
"What variety do you want?" He said.
"There's varieties?"
"Arghh, (farmer arghh, not a pirate arghh or a Frankie Howerd 'ooh ah, missus''.
So after a chat he recommends ones called Picasso. Absolutely brilliant for jackets, roasting, chipping and perfect, lump free mash. Only downside is they can easily be overboiled.
Looked up on web, and there are many different varieties, not just red, white and king Edwards.
What's your spud-u-like /
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

Desiree red potatoes are very good as jacket spuds, but those supplied to supermarkets seem to me to lack flavour, try and get them farmers markets if you can caked in earth and wash them just before cooking (skins on of course)...lovely. Cyprus are nice as Jacket spuds as well, but I do find if in a hurry Cyprus don't micro-wave in their skins very well, they can become very hard if the timing is not right on.
Actually, lack of flavour with supermarket potatoes seems fairly common, even Maris Piper seem a bit bland.
If we're out and about I often pop into farm shops etc. if we pass near to one, just to see what potatoes they have available.
Keep them in a cool dark place, but not in plastic bags, and not in the fridge, they will quickly dry out.
My late brother-in-law was a farmer in Huntingdon, he used to keep potatoes in old fashioned sacks in a hole dug under his front step, he would often give us a sack when we visited.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

Incidentally, if you remember them, Spud-U-Like used to be my favourite take-away.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

A friend owned a Spud-U-Like franchise but I think the whole chain has now gone.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

Depends what the spuds are for - floury onesa are better for roasties, waxy ones for boiled or chips. 
Having said that, I usually go for the 'value' ones  Wink
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

King Edwards - washed and baked in their skins in a wood fired pizza oven. Served with salted butter.
Yum!
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

I grow my own - at least the salad ones as I don't have enough space for the maincrop as well
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

We keep potatoes for months, the flavour never changes and storage is not a problem either, their called instant mash ! Cheesy
Not sure where they grow them but I have never seen them at a Farmers Market!  Cheesy Cheesy
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To quote the old advert - For mash get Smash
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But is does show my afge  Embarrassed
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

If I'm roasting or chipping them then either Maris Piper or King Edwards
For everyday use I just use Tesco's normal spuds - they tend to be a little cheaper and they change varieties every now and again.
The current batch we have (5kg bag for £3.75 ish) are very very tasty just boiled in a little salted water.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

@Dom S +1

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Re: Spuds-u-like?

I used to buy 5lb bags for mashing and throw away 2 to 3 pounds.
I now save a bit of money and buy frozen mash.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

Have you tried buying a 5lb (2.5kg) bag and storing it in the salad tray of the fridge
That stops them sprouting and they will last for several weeks
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No but I'll give it a try.
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Re: Spuds-u-like?

Quote from: Strat
I now save a bit of money and buy frozen mash.
Tesco's own is quite good and I have bought them when SWMBO is away and I want a quick snack (pork pie, mash and baked beans).
I seem to remember a few years ago you could buy frozen mash with added cheese or onion.
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Have to agree. Like powdered cardboard with added milk Cry

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