Heaven and Earth (Apples and Potatoes)
By Vera Zakharov Few foods are as iconic in British cooking as potatoes and apples. So perhaps it’s no surprise that they are two of the top three most commonly wasted foods in the UK – 780,000
tonnes of potatoes and 260,000 tonnes of apples get thrown away by households every year. But as well as being costly to the environment and your wallet, wasting apples and
potatoes is simply a shame because they are so delicious and versatile. So let’s save that spud and appreciate that apple by storing them right and using them up in tasty dishes.
Love food: hate waste Potatoes
nWhen buying, look for smooth, firm, unwrinkled potatoes.
nBe realistic about multi-buy deals, as the savings are lost if you can’t get through them.
nStore potatoes in a dark, cool and airy spot, in a cloth or brown paper bag, or a cardboard box.
nDon’t store them in the fridge, as it affects the flavour and nutritional content of potatoes. For more info, see www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthissues/factsbehindissues/
nThe potato’s healthiest bits are in the skin. So if you’re a peeler, why not try leaving the skin on, scrubbed clean (of course) if you’re roasting them or making chips. You can also leave the skins on if you’re making hashbrowns or fritters (see recipe on p 9).
nIf the spud’s got a sprout or a touch of green, you can still eat it if you remove the green bits and sprouts and cook as usual.
nCooking too much mash? A single adult portion is 5 new potatoes or about 2 heaped tablespoons of cooked potatoes.
nLeftover potatoes can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days and re-used in tasty dishes such as cottage pie (leftover mash) and Spanish tortillas (boiled potatoes).
nBefore you buy, consider what you’ll be using the apples for. There are many different varieties that suit different uses.
nApples are best stored out of the fridge, as they lose some of their antioxidants and other vital nutrients in cold storage. However, storing them in the fridge does extend their shelf life.
nThat said, many supermarket apples are cold-stored and thus are less nutritious than the fresh apples sold at markets. So enjoy apples while they are cheap and in season (September to November).
nThicker-skinned, tart apples such as baking varieties have a longer shelf life than the thin-skinned snacking types like golden delicious or pink lady.
nIf an apple has a bit of brown on it, don’t worry. Just cut off the brown bit and enjoy the rest. If it’s mealy, cook it up and serve it with yoghurt or in a crumble.
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Apple Day 2011 Sunday 25 September 2011, 11am-5pm
A seasonal celebration in and around the orchards at Stanmer Park. Have a thoroughly apple-themed day.
Look out for: nThe ever popular Apple Café –get
your apple crumble, soup, apple chutney ploughman’s and more!
nOrchard tours throughout the day nDisplay of Sussex apple varieties
8 city food news
nFreshly picked apples from our orchards on sale
nJuice the apples from the orchard using a traditional press
nApple juice and cider nChildren’s activities in an expanded area
nRare Sussex apple trees for sale nApple Identification by leading UK
expert, Joan Morgan (bring 3 good apples and a few leaves)
nFruit growing advice nInfo on birds and other wildlife in orchards
nLocal producers of fruit, nuts , vegetables, wood products and other things!
Admission free but please note PARKING FEE £3. Full details www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk
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