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Perfect for mashes and purées

Floury potatoes are ideal for mashing, puréeing and hashing – to be eaten as purées and soups, for example. They are also perfect for making dumplings, croquettes, stews, gnocchi, ravioli and potato noodles. They are not the best choice for plain boiled potatoes as they virtually fall apart when they are cooked. The skin bursts, they are dry, soft and have a coarse-grained texture with a high starch content. The varieties Adretta, Afra, Freya, Karlena and Likaria are examples of floury potatoes. By buying different varieties in small quantities and often trying new ones it is possible to discover the wide variety of flavours offered by spuds.

Homemade mash is quick and easy to make

Making delicious mashed potatoes from scratch is simple and requires very little effort. Peel the potatoes, wash them and cut them into small chunks before boiling them in salted water until tender. Purée the potatoes and stir in a little hot milk or water. Adding a small piece of butter is optional. It is best to mash the potatoes as soon as they are cooked. It is important to use hot liquid as the mixture may otherwise become sticky. Add fresh herbs, finely chopped onions or a cube of good-quality vegetable stock for a delightful aroma. Tomatoes and tomato paste give the mashed potatoes a refreshing red hue, whereas peas will make it an attractive green. Celeriac-and-potato mash is also delicious. The celeriac can be cooked together with the potatoes before mashing the mixture and seasoning it with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Buying potatoes and what to look for

When it comes to buying potatoes, choose good-quality specimens. Potatoes must be clean and firm. They should have an earthy – but not musty – smell. Good potatoes are dry and have an even yellow-brown colour, whereas shrivelled spuds that have indentations are more likely to rot. The cooking-type designation “floury”, “waxy” or “all-purpose” is listed on the label.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.aid.de