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Subject: Desiree potato:  good or bad for baking?
Newsgroups: uk.food+drink.misc,rec.food.cooking

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From: Andy <nomail[at]nomail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 23:54:17 +0100
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I tend to like the waxier desiree potato for baking but I am no expert 
on the different varieties.

I saw in a book (by Lindsay Bareham) that Desiree was reckoned to be 
particularly POOR for baking.  But the supermarket bag (here in the UK) 
says they are particularly GOOD for baking.

I can understand personal opinion can make some difference.  But this is 
much more than that.

Why such a difference?

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From: tert in seattle <tert[at]ftupet.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 23:16:32 +0000 (UTC)
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supermarket bags aren't always a good source of information

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From: Old Mother Ashby <cmashby[at]ozemail.com.au>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 15:37:25 +1000
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We buy desirees as our default spud, they're good for most purposes. 
They bake beautifully, and they mash quite well also. If we're feeling 
fussy, it's patrones for potato salad, bintjes for mash and kipflers for 
baking.

To think I can remember the days when spuds came in two varieties, 
washed and unwashed!

Christine

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From: PeterL <inbrissie[at]home.oz>
Date: 11 Oct 2006 06:08:52 GMT
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Old Mother Ashby wrote:
> To think I can remember the days when spuds came in two varieties, 
> washed and unwashed!

Now even the unwashed ones come in either red dirt, or brown dirt. I 
always go red dirt :-)

Tonight I'm not inviting Tom Cruise to dinner, and have just been 
emailed by the SO to say she wants roast 'taters and pumpkin with her 
boneless roast lamb.

Luckily I've got a couple of 1824 steaks in the fridge.

Roast lamb......... BLECH!!!!

All to be done in the Weber.

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From: Chatty Cathy <cathy1234[at]mailinator.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 08:59:38 +0200
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PeterL wrote:
> Roast lamb......... BLECH!!!!

Shame on you, Peter! An Aussie who doesn't like roast lamb??
DH agrees with you, BTW. There is no accounting for taste ;)

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From: congokid <congokid[at]congokid.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 08:47:02 +0100
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All you want to know about potatoes can be found here:

<a href="http://www.britishpotatoes.co.uk/">http://www.britishpotatoes.co.uk/</a>

and about which ones to bake, here:
<a href="http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/jacket-potatoes-2">http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/jacket-potatoes-2</a>

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From: Ian Moffatt <arnie_j[at]hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 08:04:46 +0100
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congokid said:
> All you want to know about potatoes can be found here:

Wonderful link, thanks Congo. I'm off shopping later today now

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From: Mike Reid <dontuse[at]fellwalk.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:52:21 +0100
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Andy wrote:
>I can understand personal opinion can make some difference.  But this is 
>much more than that.

Paul Gaylor says desiree are general purpose good for mash,roast,
frying or baking. 
The story of the potato says it boils well but it prone to
disintigation, a contradiction? 


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