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    I want to incorporate potatoes into my diet but don't want to deal with peeling the skin off fresh potatoes. Is it possible to buy cubed frozen potatoes that are nothing but? My local Pathmark only stocks fried tators in the freezer section. The closest I could find was this in the refrigerated (non-frozen) aisle:

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    I bought a couple bags and they're pretty decent. Haven't had fresh tators in a while so it's hard to compare. It's got disodium pyrophosphate, sodium bisulfite, and potassium sorbate in the ingredients. Are these chemicals dealbreakers or not a big deal?
    Last edited by dizzyorange; 12-29-2012, 01:09 AM.

  • #2
    I would just peel the skin. You can also cook them in the skin if you want.

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    • #3
      Why would you get rid of the skin? That's where a nice chunk of nutrition is.
      -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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      • #4
        I used to eat lots of frozen hashbrowns before PB. Always loved them. I quit eating potatoes for several years but recently fell back in love....

        I was looking at the Ore-Ida frozen hashbrowns in the store, they contained these ingredients: POTATOES, DEXTROSE, DISODIUM DIHYDROGEN PYROPHOSPHATE (TO RETAIN NATURAL COLOR).

        I had to give them a pass! Real potatoes are so simple and much better. Maybe these ingredients aren't bad for rare consumption, but I eat lots of potatoes.

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        • #5
          I buy both organic and conventionally grown potatoes. I leave the skin on the organic and peel the conventionally grown. It's mostly a matter of convenience. If I need potatoes and the next grocery store I go to has organic, I buy them; if not, I buy conventionally grown.

          So, organic would take the hassle out of peeling. But unless you make potatoes in bulk, peeling can go very quickly once you get the hang of it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ryanmercer View Post
            Why would you get rid of the skin? That's where a nice chunk of nutrition is.
            I just recently learned myself that this is not true.

            "Despite the popular notion, the majority of nutrients are not found in the skin, but in the potato itself. Nonetheless, leaving the skin on the potatoes retains all the nutrients, the fiber in the skin and makes potatoes easier to prepare."

            Washington State Potato Commission :: Nutrition

            Bottom of the page....

            Julie

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            • #7
              You don't want to DEAL with peeling the skin??

              What is so hard about that? Invest in a good peeler. They're not all the same.

              Or, bake them with the skin on. I bake extra at every meal and eat the leftovers the next day. Super easy to peel then.
              Sandra
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              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

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              • #8
                I'm with the others - just use fresh potatoes. It's really not that much work when you get used to it. Microwave or bake whole potatoes. Slice and quarter them, toss them with olive oil and spices, then roast them. Boil them. Cube and fry them. Slice and quarter them, then boil for 15 min, then drain and mash, mixed with some butter and cream or milk. There are so many easy ways to make them.
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                • #9
                  You can really eat the skin? My mom always taught me it was poisonous. I guess if I don't have to peel I can use fresh potatoes.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
                    You can really eat the skin? My mom always taught me it was poisonous. I guess if I don't have to peel I can use fresh potatoes.
                    Just cut up and roast the red or yellow "new" potatoes...the ones with the thin skins.
                    Sandra
                    *My obligatory intro

                    There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                    DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
                      You can really eat the skin? My mom always taught me it was poisonous. I guess if I don't have to peel I can use fresh potatoes.

                      The only time I've not eaten the skin is when I get fast food fries (aside from Wendy's newer ones) that don't have skins. I mean, have you never heard of stuffed potato skins? heh
                      -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

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                      • #12
                        Most of the anti-nutrients in a potato are in the skin. I'd buy organic potatoes if you can. Potato farmers have taken to dousing the crop in 'round up' a few weeks before pulling them out of the ground in order to kill off the leafy part of the plant and make it easier to dig them up.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dizzyorange View Post
                          You can really eat the skin? My mom always taught me it was poisonous. I guess if I don't have to peel I can use fresh potatoes.
                          The skin is where the glycoalkaloids, toxic chemicals to protect the tuber from consumption, are found. At least according to a 2010 MDA blog post. This makes intuitive sense and it makes sense that the nutritious part would be the meat of the tuber itself; after all, a key purpose of a tuber is to store nutrients for future plant use.

                          I err on the side of peeling.

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                          • #14
                            I use to not peel (much), thinking the skin was good for me. But since Primal, I normally peel. But if I am doing a large quantity at one time, I found it easier to bake them first then peel them later just before eating it, or boil them whole, then peel later.

                            I like the reds and the yukons with their skin. I am hoping that isnt too bad.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by InSearchOfAbs View Post
                              I just recently learned myself that this is not true.

                              "Despite the popular notion, the majority of nutrients are not found in the skin, but in the potato itself. Nonetheless, leaving the skin on the potatoes retains all the nutrients, the fiber in the skin and makes potatoes easier to prepare."

                              Washington State Potato Commission :: Nutrition

                              Bottom of the page....

                              Julie
                              Ah, technically true, but what do they mean by nutrients? Of course there are more in the potato flesh, but only because there is SO much more potato flesh than skin to the potato. But the nutrition punch (the minerals and good stuff, not energy -starch- which we can easily get plenty of) is in the skin. An equal portion of skin is far more nutritious than an equal portion of flesh.

                              Compare:
                              Whole potato baked: Calories in Potato, Baked, Flesh And Skin, Without Salt | Nutrition and Health Facts
                              Baked potato flesh only: Calories in Potatoes, Baked, Flesh, Without Salt | Nutrition and Health Facts

                              Under nutrition details, extend the details and look at the mineral contents. Remember the skin is a very small portion of the potato, yet it is doubling and tripling many of these mineral counts.


                              Some more technically true yet misleading info, (thrown in with totally false info) from that website:
                              Carbohydrates DO NOT cause weight gain and obesity
                              Carbohydrates DO NOT automatically cause blood sugar "spikes" and insulin "surges"
                              Carbohydrates DO NOT cause diabetes, heart disease or cancer.

                              Carbohydrates are the body's primary fuel source. Muscles prefer them and the brain relies on them. In fact, carbohydrates are so crucial to the body that if you severely cut them from your diet, your body will begin to breakdown muscle and other protein-containing tissues-your heart and other vital organs-in order to make them.
                              They assume a properly functioning sugar metabolism in the bullet points. Something more than half of Americans lack. And someone worried about obesity probably is overweight, and if you are, you probably have insulin resistance and thus, yes potato will make you fat. If your metabolism works well, then no, they will not make you fat and are a good food.

                              And I love how if you don't eat potatoes your muscles and organs will be eaten. Yet people eating zero carb and close to it still have tons of muscle.. hmmmm.

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