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Q&A: Fresh Cut Fry Yields

Feb 1, 2010
Q: How many fresh Idaho® potatoes do I need to prepare fresh cut fries?
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Q&A: Why are my potatoes green?

Jan 27, 2010
Q: I just finished peeling away a lot of "green" on potatoes that I thought were going to be nice when I bought them.  My mother has always said that the green is "poison", is that true?
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Q&A: Who Invented Hash Browns?

Jan 25, 2010
Q: Who invented hash browns? I have a theory…When my wife and I have steak and cook too many baked potatoes, she refrigerates them overnight, grates them the next morning, and makes very, very good hash browns.   Nothing added–just the old baked potatoes fried in a cast iron pan.  I heard my late father speak of staying in hotels (he was born in 1902) and the fabulous breakfasts they would have.  I’ve wondered for years if during rough times, the big hotels possibly saved the leftover baked potatoes from the night before and made hash browns out of them like she and I do now.  I really don’t recall if someone suggested this to me, if I sublimely recall the old folks mentioning it, or if I dreamed it up.  I doubt that I will run into anyone who worked in an old hotel in my neighborhood, but will ask any old timers I might run into, and if you know any older hoteliers, please ask them.
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Q&A: Cost Conscious Wedding Reception

Jan 22, 2010
Q: I have a friend who needs some ideas on a cost conscious wedding reception, any potato ideas?
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Using Idaho® Potatoes to Replace Pasta in Recipes

Jan 7, 2010
Q: Any suggestions for using potatoes to replace pasta in a recipe?
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Q&A: Historical Potato Items

Jan 6, 2010
Q: What kind of potatoes were served on menus back in the early 1900’s?
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Storing Mashed Idaho® Potatoes In The Refrigerator.

Jan 5, 2010
Q: How long can mashed potatoes be stored in the fridge and still be safe to eat?
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Q&A: Eyes of the Potatoes

Jan 4, 2010
Q: My Grandmother told me that they eyes of the potatoes are poisonous and I shouldn’t eat them, is this true?
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Q & A: How are Fast Food French Fries Made?

Dec 30, 2009
Q: My son wants to know how the French fries he has at fast food chains are made?
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Q & A: French Fry FAQ’s

Dec 28, 2009
Q: I would like to start my own business: fresh cut potatoes and gravy, along with maybe hamburgers or hot dogs.  I need to know the best way to get crispy French fries from fresh cut potatoes.  I need to know the procedure, what is the best type of oil to use, and, in your opinion, what is better to use: regular potatoes or organic potatoes?
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