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Subject: Potato Pancake Batter........?
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: gouboltz[at]webtv.net (kur† §)
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 21:29:46 -0400 (EDT)
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........does anyone know what I can do to keep it from turning black? I
have to make a ton of them & want to do it a day or 2 in advance.
There's gotta be some way to keep it from turning. You see it's for a
little league food stand & I don't like that alot of people might see it
that color ( sitting out like that ), might turn people away.   Thanks
for any & all input!   Kurt! 
Ps. I know lemon juice works on apples from turning brown, but I don't
know if that's a good idea?

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From: Dimitri 
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 19:10:07 -0700
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The starch in the potatoes will eventually oxidize when exposed to air.
There are several steps you can take:

1.    Rinse off or soak out as much as the starch as possible as quickly as
possible after grating.
2.    A bath in acidulated water (that's why the lemon juice works on
apples) will help slow this process greatly, however it will not halt the
process..
3.    After all is said and done freezing after the first 2 steps is why the
frozen hash browns etc. stay looking white and also why they tell you to use
them while they are still frozen.

Is there anyone you know who has a food processor with a exit tube?  If so
then make the batter as needed and have a *helper* grate the potatoes fresh.
OR Hide the batter after taking the first 2 steps.

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From: forcooksonly[at]aol.com (ForCooksOnly)
Date: 26 Apr 2001 03:47:09 GMT
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>have to make a ton of them & want to do it a day or 2 in advance.

Why not make the pancakes in advance and heat them when you need them..grocery
stores sell them already made and all you have to do is put them in a fryinf
pan or oven to heat them. 

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From: Vox Humana 
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 11:52:06 GMT
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kur? § wrote:
>does anyone know what I can do to keep it from turning black

Get some "Fruit Fresh" from the supermarket and try mixing some of that with
the batter.  I doubt that it will keep it fresh looking for two days.  Fruit
Fresh is just vitamine C, so it can't hurt anything.  I would try this out
in advance as I am not positive that it will work for you.

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From: Naomi Lynne Pardue 
Date: 26 Apr 2001 15:45:34 GMT
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kur? § wrote:
>does anyone know what I can do to keep it from turning black

If you grate the onions in with the potatoes right away, it should help
keep the color.


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