Monday, September 14, 2009

My Potato Poll

I've added a poll because I've been thinking about this for a while. What do people do with their potato skins, especially non-organic potato skins? Please, vote in my poll. I really want to know. It will be up for one week.

If you have additional comments on the topic of potato skins, or want to explain why you voted the way you did, please add comments to the bottom of this post. We don't really need an explanation of why you only buy organic. We all know that organic is better. But if you do buy only organic, what would you do with the skins if you could only afford non-organic?

Also, if you have ideas for more polls, I'd love to hear those as well.

14 comments:

Mrs.Rotty said...

I put i leave the skins on, but it honestly depends on the dish.

We try to buy all organic foods, but where we live its kind of difficult to find organic foods.

We to rinse off the potatoes before we cook them. but on a whole we leave the skins on.

p.s. i'm a new follower and i'm so so so excited to have found you.

Lisa said...

Hi, Emily! There need to be more possible answers to the potato peel question, such as sometimes I peel them & sometimes I don't. I leave them on in potato salad & soup sometimes. You can use the peels to make potato skins fried with cheese like the fancy restaurants . They sell them for a high price & you can make your own.They can also be put in the compost pile. I prefer home grown potatoes , as they actually taste good, which I don't think store potatoes do.

marie said...

Hi. I peel the skins most of the time, but that is more because of personal preference than because of pesticides. When I make baked potatoes or wedges, I'll let the skins on. Its just that I make mashed potatoes most of the time

dev3k said...

I peel the potato whether it's organic or not. I won't pay the ridiculous prices at Giant Eagle for organic potatoes, but always buy them when they are available at my preferred store.

Treva said...

I peel them for potato salad and soups. I leave the peel on for baked potatoes or seasoned potato wedges. I do not buy organic unless the price is comparable to non-organic. The budget only has so much room.

Emily said...

I quite frankly don't worry about organic v. non-organic. This is for a number of reasons. 1) After washing thoroughly, I feel that the amount of pesticide residue is negligible; 2) Quite often items that are technically "organic" are grown in fields adjacent to fields that are treated with pesticides. The pesticides can and will be carried over to the "organic" field in run-off, and even via the wind if the pesticides are applied on a windy day. Thus, while the produce in the "organic" field can be labeled as "organic" when sold, it will still have come into contact with pesticides. So my conclusion has been, why pay twice as much for something that is at best only possibly "organic"?

Also, for those who peel produce to remove potential chemical residue, and then use the peels in compost for your garden... you are just adding the chemicals back into the produce that you are growing yourself, thus making them "non-organic"!

I've been finding your blog very interesting!
~Emily

Barbara said...

I only buy local potatoes. Thankfully they are organic. Most of our local farms are organic. I also grow some potatoes myself. Peeling depens on how we are eating them. I leave the peels onfor french fries. I have fried just the peels if using the potatoes for another dish.

I am enjoying your blog. I am a Pastors wife in New England. Babs

VicinSea said...

I scrub potato skins to death with a scrubbing pad just for that purpose. I never peel potatoes even when making mashed.

Dayzero said...

I scrub them and eat them in most things.

Henrietta said...

I voted "Other" because I buy non-organic potatoes, but I peel the skin due to the dirt and bacteria, not pesticides.

But as I was thinking about it, I realized that it really depends on the dish whether or not I peel them. Peeling or not, I always scrub them really well, and then spray them with vinegar and then HO2 to disinfect.

Henrietta said...

LOL...Where's my edit button? That should have read "H2O2" -- hydrogen peroxide.

Jenny said...

Compost them or feed them to the chickens.

Jill said...

I leave the skins on usually, depending on what I'm cooking and if I feel like peeling or not. If I peel them, the peels go in the compost.

Tae_Ki_Girl said...

I know this post is old now, but I wanted to add my two cents:

Potato skins are very nutritious. Scrub them and eat them. Unless there is green. If there is any green, peel it all off. The green that you see is actually a neurotoxin. Mild, yes, but still not good to eat. (Yay for organic chemistry in college!)

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