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anyone else having trouble with potatoes?

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plusonemore Sun 07-Apr-13 20:43:57

or is it just me?

Usually have fluffy mash, now its like glue.
Usually have crispy roasts with fluffy inside, now they have a sort of chewy outside.

It's just been the last week. Have tried maris piper (my usual) and also king Edwards, both the same. All cooked as usual. Seem to remember this happening briefly before- is it the time of year? Can I do anything to go back to nice spuds? Buy from a supermarket is it worth going to a farm shop?

plusonemore Sun 07-Apr-13 22:21:33

just me then grin grin

barleysugar Sun 07-Apr-13 22:25:33

I heard Phil Vickery say this can happen when spuds have been stored at too cold a temperature, it makes the starch turn to sugar. I suppose the starch is what makes them taste fluffy.

I'm not convinced that keeping them in the fridge makes any difference, but I'd put money on it being the frozen ground where there grow that changes them.

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Sun 07-Apr-13 22:25:38

It,s the bad winter I think. I can only trust Roosters at the moment.
I bought whites from tesco last week, rotton they were, sweet mash.Yuk!

LimeFlower Sun 07-Apr-13 22:45:43

barley got it right with starch to sugar.Unfortunately we get to the time of the year that potatoes are getting worse.
I got some tatties from the farm shop-lots of waste but they taste fine.
Try to get some new tatties if you won't find any good ones from last season or switch to rice/pasta/noodles (that's what I do)

plusonemore Sun 07-Apr-13 23:11:28

Can you roast/mash new spuds? I usually just boil those. Will try the farm shop hopefully they've been stored better! Thanks for replies thought I was going mad grin

member Sun 07-Apr-13 23:15:44

Oh, this might explain why I've recently had potatoes which have gone really gloopy on the outside whilst the middle has struggled to cook/soften!

TheSecondComing Sun 07-Apr-13 23:17:07

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Crikeyblimey Sun 07-Apr-13 23:18:51

Yep it's the time of year and the fact that its been so cold.

Our Maris p mash has been really gloopy recently.

It will get better when the new season spuds start to come into the shops (providing we have a spring that is).

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