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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 19th May 08, 11:02 AM
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    Or you can completely cook them, mash them, and keep the mash in portions in the freezer.
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    Great idea sandran, I always freeze left over mash to then defrost for potato cakes or something.
    • kitchpoo
    • By kitchpoo 19th May 08, 11:06 AM
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    • 19th May 08, 11:06 AM
    Great idea sandran, I always freeze left over mash to then defrost for potato cakes or something.
    Originally posted by ecangel24

    ooo potato cakes sound nice...what do you put in them???
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    • kazwookie
    • By kazwookie 19th May 08, 11:08 AM
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    Or if they are stating to grow shoots, plant them in the garden.........a few months later you might have your own home grown potatoes
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    • 19th May 08, 11:26 AM
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    • 19th May 08, 11:26 AM
    ooo potato cakes sound nice...what do you put in them???
    Originally posted by kitchpoo
    they are not a sweet cake unfortunately but still delicious!
    450g ish of mash
    110g plain flour
    some butter and S&P if not already in the mash

    Mix the flour and the mash till forms a dough.
    Roll out into a circle about 1cm thick and cut into triangles like a cake.
    flour a dry pan and fry slowly ( so they cook thorough slightly) till golden on each side.

    We have them with bacon and eggs for breakfast or tea. Go well with gammon steaks, egg and veg. Also they go nicely with just butter for breakfast. Up to you.
    But they're a great way to use up potatoes in a different way.
    • JailhouseBabe
    • By JailhouseBabe 19th May 08, 11:39 AM
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    Or if they are stating to grow shoots, plant them in the garden.........a few months later you might have your own home grown potatoes
    Originally posted by kazwookie
    If I plant them:
    How deep should they be planted?
    Plant at any time of year?
    How will I know if there are more potatoes growing?

    Sorry to be a pain, but I'm a complete novice at growing veg
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    • Kaz2904
    • By Kaz2904 19th May 08, 12:09 PM
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    You can plant anywhere. If you don't like digging then shove them in a tub (with holes in the bottom). Bung in a couple of inches of earth, then the potatoes,then cover with a couple of inches.
    When the plants are about 6 inches tall, cover with more soil and let them grow further. Repeat until you've run out of bucket. The plant will eventually flower and die off. Then it's time to get the potatoes out. You can just tip out the potatoes too!
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    • Tired_Mummy
    • By Tired_Mummy 19th May 08, 12:16 PM
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    Has anyone tried making gnocci with potatoes? Is it easy? Can you freeze it?

    I always seem to have lots of potatoes in need of using up and wondered if gnocci might be another use as well as the mash and par boiled potatoes already mentioned :rolleyes:
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 19th May 08, 12:37 PM
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    Has anyone tried making gnocci with potatoes? Is it easy? Can you freeze it?

    I always seem to have lots of potatoes in need of using up and wondered if gnocci might be another use as well as the mash and par boiled potatoes already mentioned :rolleyes:
    Originally posted by Tired_Mummy
    Hi Tired_Mummy,

    I've never made gnocci, but this thread may help:

    Help with Gnocci please...

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    • By Pink. 19th May 08, 12:44 PM
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    Hi Jailhousebabe,

    I planted sprouting baby potatoes last year and had great success. As Kaz said just stick them in anything....I used compost bags, keep earthing them up and about twelve weeks later, once the flowers have died you should have a lovely crop.

    These threads from the green fingered board might help:

    Potatoes - where to start?

    Green potatoes

    growing potatoes in an empty compost bag?

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  • MadMonkey
    I do this with all veg - we get a veg box and on the day of delivery i peel, chop, par boil and freeze most of it.

    That way i don't end up with manky unused veg

    It also means that when tea needs to be quick we do not have to resort to chips as we have mash, roast, diced potatoes frozen.
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    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 19th May 08, 2:48 PM
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    The bags of spuds I buy are the 2.5kg or the 5kg ones from Tescos.

    I just keep them in the fridge and they last all month. Are my potatoes weird?
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    • Phuddles
    • By Phuddles 21st May 08, 8:12 AM
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    Don't waste potatoes
    I used to live overseas, and bought potatoes by the pocket (huge sackful). As I am from the Emerald Isle, there was no way I was wasting spuds! I used to make my own frozen chips by part cooking them then flash freezing on baking trays before putting them in freezer bags, also home made potato croquettes to freeze. A bit of leftover ham chopped into mash, with or without some grated cheese, then egged, crumbed & fried is absolutely delish! This year I want to try growing my own in bags.
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    • By frugalmacdugal 21st May 08, 8:33 AM
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    Hi,

    you can also mash your potatoes with some boiled turnip (swede), this can be put in trays and frozen,

    or use left over mashed potatoes as an alternative pizza base, seasoned to taste.
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    I also buy 25kg sacks of potatoes from local farm shops. Everyone laughs at me cos i'm single and live alone. But they last forever because they aren't washed, so it takes literally months for them to sprout eyes and go soft, where supermarket ones do in a week. I usually pay between 5 and 6.50 for a 25kg sack.
    • BrandNewDay
    • By BrandNewDay 21st May 08, 9:35 AM
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    The bags of spuds I buy are the 2.5kg or the 5kg ones from Tescos.

    I just keep them in the fridge and they last all month. Are my potatoes weird?
    Originally posted by pollyanna24
    I think not - I do the same thing and have the same experience. I've only just started doing this. I've got a small fridge, but it's well worth the precious space because I was getting sick of throwing out potatoes.

    Oh, I also use those special veggie bags you can buy from Lakeland. They may have something to do with it.

    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 21st May 08, 10:20 AM
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    Or if they are stating to grow shoots, plant them in the garden.........a few months later you might have your own home grown potatoes
    Originally posted by kazwookie
    You are not suppose to do this for several reasons

    1) they are not seed potatoes
    2) are often treated with chemicals
    3) they can introduce stuff in to the soil. Which means it is infected as often potatoes come from outside of the uk.


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    • sb44
    • By sb44 21st May 08, 10:41 AM
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    You are not suppose to do this for several reasons

    1) they are not seed potatoes
    2) are often treated with chemicals
    3) they can introduce stuff in to the soil. Which means it is infected as often potatoes come from outside of the uk.


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    Originally posted by calleyw
    Yep, I have read this too.

    You have to buy special 'seeded' (think they are sometimes called chitted) potatoes to grow from.
    • Zazen999
    • By Zazen999 21st May 08, 11:02 AM
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    Yep, I have read this too.

    You have to buy special 'seeded' (think they are sometimes called chitted) potatoes to grow from.
    Originally posted by sb44
    They are 'seed' potatoes, and they don't come ready 'chitted'. You chit them by putting them out for a few weeks at the beginning of the year to start their growing process - so that when they are in the ground they have a head start. This works best for 'earlies', which are usually harvested and come out as 'new' potatoes.

    Anyhow - i do buy seed spuds for my allotment; but it is very old style to throw potato peelings with shoots on them into the ground and let them grow on. If you have concerns about disease, just keep them separate from the seed potato plant. Or grow them in a pot.

    Don't throw away spuds with shoots, unless the spuds are really soft; you can still use them - just take off the shots with a knife before peeling.

    Think about it; what happened before marketing?...people would grow their own potatoes from the sprouting potatoes from last year's crop.
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