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How Do You Bake Large Quantities Of Baked Potatoes?

Dec 7, 2016
Q: We are having a charity fundraiser selling 1000 baked Idaho Potatoes. In order to save time, we would like to wash, pierce, and wrap the raw potatoes the night before and store them in a cooler. They would be baked the next morning. Is this a safe process?
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Would It Be Better To Freeze, Keep, Or Toss My Potato Salad?

Dec 1, 2016
Q: I made home made potato salad last night and immediately refrigerated it. Just got a call the dinner is cancelled - flu! How long will the potato salad last? Will it help to freeze it and thaw slowly, because the dinner is rescheduled for next weekend.
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Are Mashed Potatoes Left Out Safe For Consumption?

Jun 15, 2016
Q: I had made some mashed potatoes and I accidently left them out for 3 hours, were they safe to serve after being left out?
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Are Slightly Soft Potatoes Okay To Cook & Eat?

May 11, 2016
Q: Is it ok to cook and eat slightly soft potatoes?  
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Is A Boiled Potato Left Out All Night Safe For Consumption?

Apr 22, 2016
Q: We boiled potatoes last night and they were left out at room temperature all night are they safe to eat?
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Storing Potatoes And Dealing With Black Spots

Aug 3, 2015
Q: We have a restaurant located in Mountain Home, Arkansas. We buy all of our restaurant needs from Performance Foodservice.  We are currently buying your potatoes (approximately 15 to 20 cases per week).  When our delivery comes (twice a week), our potatoes come in off the truck and appear to be in good condition, wet and cool from the humidity from a refrigerated truck.  The potatoes temp between 50-55 degrees.  It has been a very hot and humid summer here.  Today, for instance, our heat index are in the triple digits.  The potatoes appear to be solid and in good shape.  We bring them into the restaurant, we have a stored area under a window with a window air conditioner blowing right on them.  We immediately foil wrap about 3/4 of them and put them back under the window until the potatoes are used.  The air conditioner is set as low as it can go, but at times, it seems blows out warm-ish air.  We use the potatoes within a week.  When we take the potatoes over to start wrapping them, some of the potatoes have black spots on them (pictures attached).  Some that appear to be good are wrapped and stored but when cooked they turn to mush and stink.  We do cook them in foil.  We tried cooking them without foil but customers complained about them getting cold.  It does get very hot in the kitchen.  We have had to complain to our vendor on a weekly basis for the past 6-8 weeks.  Do you feel it is something on the vendor’s side or are we doing something wrong in our restaurant? Any information and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Storing Prepared Baked Potatoes For A Large Event

May 15, 2015
Q: We are doing a large potato bar for 600...after we bake the potatoes (no foil!), we would like to go ahead and fluff them and then wrap with foil. We thought they would be easier/faster to serve if they were already opened when the guest is at the buffet. Good idea? If so, how long will they keep? We have warmers/holding ovens.
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What's In Instant Mashed Potatoes? How Are They Made And Are There A Ton Of Additives?

Apr 11, 2015
Q: Are instant mashed potatoes really made from potatoes or is it some fabricated chemical combination of things made to taste mostly like potatoes?
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I Eat A Baked Potato Every Night…

Mar 21, 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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My Hash Browns Have Thawed. What Do I Do?!

Mar 2, 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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