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Subject: Salt and Potatoes
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: monarch[at]airmail.net (Lance)
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 19:20:24 GMT
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Hi all - I've heard recently, on the crockpot mailing list, about using
chunks of potatoes in recipes to reduce salt/sodium, both for taste and
for health.

Does this work in other types of cooking?
If I put some chunks in with some Ragu (forgive me - I'm single!:) or
hamburger helper, where it cooks for only ten or fifteen minutes, will
the potatoes also reduce the sodium then? What about in canned soup,
cooked in the microwave for five or so minutes?

Thanks for the help!

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From: Sara  
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 12:21:57 -0700
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Lance wrote:
>Hi all - I've heard recently, on the crockpot mailing list, about using
>chunks of potatoes in recipes to reduce salt/sodium, both for taste and
>for health.

I don't get it.  Do you mean that the potatoes soak up the sodium, and
then you don't eat the potatoes?

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From: monarch[at]airmail.net (Lance)
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 21:01:02 GMT
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Sara wrote:
>I don't get it.  Do you mean that the potatoes soak up the sodium, and
>then you don't eat the potatoes?

yes.

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From: "Sandra B. Dykes" 
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 02:03:42 GMT
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I have heard that you can add some cubed raw potato to a dish as an emergency
measure, to help absorb excess salt if you've put in too much.  You discard
the potato after it's cooked.  I wouldn't recommend this as a normal practice
with foods you eat every day -- if your soup or "Ragu" is too salty for you,
make your own version with less salt, or find a salt free alternative.  Good
luck!

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From: Heather 
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 18:17:53 -0800
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Lance wrote >Ragu (forgive me - I'm single!:)

You mean "Rageeewwwww?"   I don't forgive you! ;-D
Being single is not an excuse for feeding yourself  junk.  Buy some nice
chopped tomatoes, some tomato puree and some garlic and fresh herbs and make
your "own" special sauce that you can serve.  You'll attract Ms/Mr. right
with your wonderful cooking skills!

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From: Jason 
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 01:09:42 -0600
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Heather wrote:
> Lance wrote >Ragu (forgive me - I'm single!:)
>
> You mean "Rageeewwwww?"   I don't forgive you! ;-D
> Being single is not an excuse for feeding yourself  junk.  Buy some nice
> chopped tomatoes, some tomato puree and some garlic and fresh herbs and make
> your "own" special sauce that you can serve.  You'll attract Ms/Mr. right
> with your wonderful cooking skills!

Dude,..it'll work,..throw the damn tater chunks in and and let em soak the
sodium up and throw it away. I cook everything from well,.ragu,..canned and
otherwise to most anything that walks or crawls or flies in one way or
another,..if it suits ya,..do it,..I'm single,..(again thank God) but not
because of my cooking,..I've come to the conclusion I'm just a butthead and
impossible to live with. White trailer trash? Ya damn betcha ...broke? of
course! college education? yup,..care about my spelling? nope,..but I'm happy
and eat what I what when I want how I want it,..and ..oh my Goshness,..I'm a
heathen,..I'm quite sure I turn many epicurian's stomach's in this group,..and I
giggle when I do,..but food is food,..it's a matter of prepering it to your
taste and/or your guest's. But when cooking for yourself,..let er rip! And on
the same token I know I've helped some people out in here... as almost all in
here have and more so than I ever could have and better than I ever could. Just
have fun,..because that's what cooking is about.

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From: Michael L Kankiewic 
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 08:53:16 -0500
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Heather wrote:
> You mean "Rageeewwwww?"   I don't forgive you! ;-D

Cut them some slack - it could've been Chef Boy-R-Dee  :-&

Seriously, there are some nice jar sauces out there these days.

MK


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