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can i use potatoes with shoots on?

(17 Posts)
pleaserewind Tue 05-Jul-05 16:12:51

bugger thats all i have left. Will they be o.k?

Janh Tue 05-Jul-05 16:13:57

I do

As long as the spuds aren't green they're ok.

Toothache Tue 05-Jul-05 16:14:10

I do it all the time! Don't see why not.... unless they have gone all soft and yucky. IME the potatoes I buy get shoots just 3 days after I buy them!!

BadHair Tue 05-Jul-05 16:15:00

I have a feeling that it's not a good idea, but I regularly do and we've not been poisoned yet. you just cut the shoots off and peel as normal.
I've even been known to use slightly green spuds, which is definitely not a good idea. Still not been poorly yet though.

Kayleigh Tue 05-Jul-05 16:15:02

I do too. Just rub the shoots off with my thumb.

Janh Tue 05-Jul-05 16:16:20

They shoot almost as soon as you get them home atm, it's the time of year - all the old potatoes are very very old. We'll get new season maincrop soon and they will be OK.

pleaserewind Tue 05-Jul-05 16:18:17

good, that'll do, won't have to disapoint dp now

Fauve Tue 05-Jul-05 16:22:56

I would be cautious if you're pregnant or could be pregnant - I can't remember why, but pregnant people aren't supposed to eat green bits on potatoes and personally I avoided sprouting ones too. But then I am very cautious.

babyonboard Tue 12-Jul-05 15:27:27

no! you definitly shouldn't, When potatoes are green and sprouting they contain high amounts of the poison solanine. it is generally destroyed by cooking, but better safe than sorry methinks

Fran1 Tue 12-Jul-05 15:33:18

I use them, and have been known to chop green ends off and eat the rest!

Toothache Tue 12-Jul-05 15:34:54

babyonboard - What about ones that aren't green, but are sprouting??

compo Tue 12-Jul-05 15:35:07

I use them do and have never experienced poisoning of any sort

lemonice Tue 12-Jul-05 15:36:34

I use them ..what does solanine do and who to??

swiperfox Tue 12-Jul-05 15:37:22

We had some yesterday and i'm just cooking some more - we're all ok! (well, that could be debatable )

babyonboard Tue 12-Jul-05 15:44:10

I think it is the greenness that indicates the toxins..so if you slice it open and its allwhite then you are safe..
guess its a matter of whether you are overly causious, but it can cause severe stomach poisining..which can't be pleasant!
i'm personally being really anal about such things at the moment, being pregnant.

Ameriscot2005 Tue 12-Jul-05 15:48:54

I try not to - but do generally end up cutting a lot of sprouts off. So far, so good.

lou33 Tue 12-Jul-05 16:30:24

they get eaten in thsi house, unless they are spongy as well. I just cut the shoots and green skin off

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