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Old 09-27-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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So, good (and smart) people, I've got an important question for you. It's a two-parter, actually.

I'm making my favorite roasted potatoes for dinner TOMORROW NIGHT.

My favorite roasted potatoes

However, it's going to be a VERY busy day tomorrow and I won't have time to do it all.

1. Can I cut up the potatoes TODAY, put them in a baggie, and store it in the fridge until tomorrow night?

2. Can I make the oil/seasoning concoction, pour it into the baggie, and let the potatoes sit in all that oily goodness until tomorrow night?

Thank you for your knowledge.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I know if you just cut them and put them in a bag they'll turn funny colors like when you make latkes and don't hurry...

However I think coating them liberally in yummy oil will seal them off from oxygenation?
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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If you keep them submerged in water, you can do this, otherwise they will turn black. They might be all right in the oil, too, but might get some funky spots if exposed to the air. I would put them in a pot of water in the fridge, then dry them and prepare them to roast right before they go in the oven.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I know if you just cut them and put them in a bag they'll turn funny colors like when you make latkes and don't hurry...

However I think coating them liberally in yummy oil will seal them off from oxygenation?

Ah! Interesting! Well, my sister, I was definitely going to do both. Or neither. If I was going to cut, I was also going to do the soak. But if you're not sure that the oil yummies won't retard the funny colors, I'm afraid. Very, very afraid. I don't have a ton of potatoes to work with, so it's a one-shot chance.

Hmmmm.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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If you keep them submerged in water, you can do this, otherwise they will turn black. They might be all right in the oil, too, but might get some funky spots if exposed to the air. I would put them in a pot of water in the fridge, then dry them and prepare them to roast right before they go in the oven.
Poop-a-doop! I can't risk it. I just can't. I guess I'll leave it all until tomorrow, when I'll be frazzled and frizzled and have no time. But, for potatoes, I guess I can MAKE time. I have no choice.

Thanks!
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I know someone who does her thanksgiving potatoes ahead.. can't remember if she cooks them first or not, but they sit on her stove in a pot of water overnight. She says they turn out great, my only issue with this would be that all the nutritional value would leach into the water, right?
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:03 AM
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Me, I would peel them, rinse them in cold water, let them sit alittle bit in asidulated water 15-30 minutes, drain, THEN, put them in your bag of oil/seasoning, making sure to coat everything, pressing out all the oxygen you can, then refridgerate over night.

You might get away with not using the asidulated water, but it's what I do.

And if the potatoes turn brown, so what. They're still good and will be browned/roasted anyway.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Poop-a-doop! I can't risk it. I just can't. I guess I'll leave it all until tomorrow, when I'll be frazzled and frizzled and have no time. But, for potatoes, I guess I can MAKE time. I have no choice.

Thanks!
Here's what you can do....Go buy some nice young, new potatoes, and do not peel them.
Just cut them into chunks tomorrow and roast them, skin on. More healthful, too.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I know someone who does her thanksgiving potatoes ahead.. can't remember if she cooks them first or not, but they sit on her stove in a pot of water overnight. She says they turn out great, my only issue with this would be that all the nutritional value would leach into the water, right?
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Me, I would peel them, rinse them in cold water, let them sit alittle bit in asidulated water 15-30 minutes, drain, THEN, put them in your bag of oil/seasoning, making sure to coat everything, pressing out all the oxygen you can, then refridgerate over night.

You might get away with not using the asidulated water, but it's what I do.

And if the potatoes turn brown, so what. They're still good and will be browned/roasted anyway.
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Here's what you can do....Go buy some nice young, new potatoes, and do not peel them.
Just cut them into chunks tomorrow and roast them, skin on. More healthful, too.
OK, I don't even know what "asidulated water" is so I'll just stop working a bit early (nobody will know; I work from home) and do "my potato thang" tomorrow.

Thank you all for the information. I was going to plow ahead and just do it this morning. Good thing that I didn't -- I could have ruined all my potatoes. That -- seriously -- would have been a tragedy. I can forego the chicken, but the potatoes are a whole other matter. I NEED THEM!
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Oh, by the way, they are new potatoes and I do leave the skin on. I just cut them into smallish cubes. Does the fact that I always leave the skin on make a difference (i.e. if you knew that I left the skin on would you tell me that I'm fine cutting them now, putting them in a baggie, and putting them in the fridge overnight)?
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