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Potatoes

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Per pound, potatoes are one of the least expensive foods that you can buy.

If you only have a little bit of money to spend on food, potatoes will yield your family a lot of food for a little bit of money.

There are lots of varieties of potatoes available, but I usually buy russet potatoes, as they are the least expensive. I never spend more than .20 a pound for them ($2 for a 10 pound bag) and can sometimes get them for .10 a pound. Before Thanskgiving, I buy lots of potatoes, which is when they go on sale for .10 a pound. I store them in my pantry in the garage, where it is 55º for the next few months. Ideally they store at 45º, so if you have a place to keep them that is cooler, but above freezing, you can buy a lot when they go on sale and keep them on hand through the winter. A root cellar or an unheated basement can also work.

Before Thanksgiving, I buy 250-360 pounds (that's only $72 for 360 pounds!).

At .20 a pound, that's 5-6 times cheaper per pound than pasta or beans.

By early February, they are all eaten!

An average russet potato is 148g, or 5.3oz. It has:
110 calories
0 grams fat
620 mg potassium (18% of your daily potassium needs)
26 g carbohydrates
2 grams fiber
1 gram sugar
3 grams protein
 
It also contains the following percentages of your daily needs in vitamins:
Vitamin C 45%
Calcium 2%
Iron 6%
Thiamin 8%
Niacin 8%
Folate 6%
magnesium 6%
Copper 4%
Riboflavin 2%
Vitamin B6 10%
Phosphoroous 6%
Zinc 2%

 

Here are the ways we like to eat potatoes:

Rosemary Potatoes Button Autumn Stew Button
Pasta e Fagioli Button Donuts Button
Potato Soup Button Minestrone Soup Button
Beef Stew Button Zucchini Potato Pancakes Button
 

 

 

More ways we eat potatoes:

Diced Potatoes

French Fries

Hash Browns

Baked Potatoes

Funeral Potatoes

German Potato Salad

Scalloped Potatoes

Pot Roast

Wedge Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes