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Comment by Idaho Spud on February 8, 2017 at 10:26am

Randall, my dad did that too, but I don't think he was being crafty.  I think he liked them.  Besides butter and salt, he also used pepper, so that's how I eat them.

They do taste good fresh and crisp from the oven.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 8, 2017 at 7:38am

My dad taught us kids to remove the potatoe's peel, add butter and salt, and eat. He made it seem it was a special treat just to get us to eat the skin. Pretty crafty.

I'm getting pretty antsy to get out in the garden. It looks so bleak right now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2017 at 11:31am

Joan, I feel the same as Daniel.  I hope you're very careful on that ice.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2017 at 11:30am

Daniel, I read the article you pointed to and Wikipedia on the subject, and don't understand it either.  But it is amazing how plants do it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 5, 2017 at 1:34am

We have had a slow rising and falling around the freeze temperature. Today, another snow storm and we expect another foot, followed by rain. Miserable weather; the snow blower has been going much of the day with my great-grandsons doing the honors. I haven't heard the sounds of snow mobiles; too busy doing chores, I suspect. 

I hoped to walk down to the chicken coop with some kitchen scraps this afternoon; Laura warned against it since the road is pure ice with a layer of fresh snow over the top. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2017 at 4:35pm

I love potatoes, but for several years I've reduced the amount I eat because the low carb people had me worried about them.  Recently however I've been eating more because I've read several articles saying they're good for you.  For one thing, they have a good amount of fiber, even without the skin.  And I eat the skin also.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 4, 2017 at 4:30pm

The temperature here was a low of 40°F last night and 50°F for a high today.  That's about 15°F higher than normal.  The forecast is for temperatures almost that warm for the next 5 days.  

It's a little breezy, so the ice & snow has been melting.

I've not yet did any garden work, but I did get outside & got some exercise, because I had to go to the garage to get some screws.  I found the door solidly shut with ice, so had to spend an hour chopping ice.  Also shoveled a path through the snow to get there.

Comment by kathy: ky on February 4, 2017 at 11:05am
The weather here prevents any gardening efforts yet. It's to wet and cold to uncover the flowers. I did uncover a small bed of daffodils during a warm spell last week. But we are just getting below freezing temps, 15° last night, so the daffodils will probably die back for now.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 4, 2017 at 7:15am

I'm lucky to have a "fruit cellar" in my old farm house basement. It is brick lined and has its own door. It goes under the house porch. I store my homemade wine, potatoes, onions, and carrots there. They say not to store fruit, esp. apples with root crops, so that becomes problematic.

I have so many potatoes, I can't eat them fast enough. Besides, they're not particularly good for you (me). They also sprout right about this time of year. I have to remove sprouts before they take over the cellar!

Daniel, the pantry sounds like a plan. Good luck.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 3, 2017 at 8:56am

Daniel, I like the idea of a pantry.  I could make one here in the basement fairly easily, if I ever get my other projects done.

You reminded me of the potato storage room my dad made in our house across town.  We dug under our house and made several more rooms, including the potato storage room.  He made a very thick door of wood to insulate it from the other rooms so they could be kept warm and the potato room cool.

Every year we filled it by digging potatoes from the ends of the rows that farmers missed with their machines, that is those that would let us.  I don't know how my dad had the courage to ask them, as he was also shy.  I suppose feeding his family was a good motivator. 


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