Category Archives: Potatoes

Stuffed spuds

John from Northland has a simple low cost and quick stuffed spuds meal. “Scrub potatoes and dry. Bake in a hot oven (220C) for about 45 minutes until the potatoes are soft – or zap them in the microwave. Once the potatoes are cooked, scoop out the flesh and mash up with any cheap filling […]

Peter, Hastings.

Those reusable fabric bags from the Warehouse and the like are just the thing for storing potatoes in. They let the air through which helps keep them fresher for longer.You can also fill a bag with a 50-50 mix of compost and peat moss and plant a couple of seed potatoes in them if you […]

Heidi, Masterton.

I have great success with planting sprouted potatoes and growing my own. But for the times that you don’t want to have your potatoes sprout, I hear that if you put an apple in with your potatoes, they don’t sprout. I am in t he process of trying it, so can’t vouch for it as […]

The oily raggers best friend

Potatoes must be the best value veg around – and a good friend to those living off the smell of an oily rag. The potato industry has gathered together a lot of information about our humble friend and our relationship with it. Here are some snippets from their website 93% of households cook potatoes […]

Lorraine, Hamilton.

Loose brushed/unwashed potatoes are 40c per kg cheaper than washed potatoes at my supermarket. I buy loose brushed potatoes once a fortnight but mostly eat brown rice now as it is about half the price of a potato per serve. I take the potatoes home, wash them all at once, dry them off and store […]

PR, Kawerau.

Use a couple of old car tyres placed on top of each other, then put all your potato peelings inside covered with some compost and dirt then topped up with lawn clippings. Before long, you’ll have a tyre full of fresh potatoes.

Faye, Auckland

Most the year round you can get away without peeling the potatoes – even a little trimming is okay. When the boiled potatoes are cooked, smash them the usual way.


Here are some of the tips I use when cooking potatoes. If I am need to bake potatoes fast I precook then in boiling water for about 10 or 15 minutes. I coat them with cooking oil before placing on a roasting dish. It reduces the baking time to less than ten minutes.   Another […]