Whether you pronounce it po-tay-to or po-tah-to, potatoes are one of the most popular foods ever. The average American eats about 126 pounds of potatoes each year. Thank goodness they're good for us!
- In the past, some ministers in Scotland had banned eating the potato because it is not mentioned in the Bible!
- Instant mashed potatoes (dehydrated) were commercially introduced in 1955.
- Mr. Potato Head was born in 1952. He was also the first toy to be advertised on TV.
- The four potato head kids were Potato Puff, Lumpy, Dimples, and Spud.
- Up until the late 18th century, the French believed potatoes caused leprosy. They thought the outside texture resembled leprous hands and feet and, therefore, must carry the disease.
- The potato is the fourth most important crop in the world. It ranks after wheat, rice, and corn.
- Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XV, was known to wear potato blossoms in her hair as decoration. By doing so, she helped make potatoes popular.
- French Fries were introduced to America when Thomas Jefferson served them at a White House dinner.
- Ore-Ida began making tator tots in 1954.
- The largest potato grown was 18 pounds, four ounces, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was grown in England in 1795.
- February is the month designated as Potato Lover's Month.
- Wendy's introduced the baked potato to its menu in November of 1983.
Now, want a foolproof way to make French Fries? Follow these directions, and you won't be disappointed!
1. Scrub potato skin, or peel. Cut into strips, any size you want.
2. Fry in 325 degree oil for two minutes; remove. This part can be done up to one hour ahead.
3. Fry again at 375 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle salt over them--I like using sea salt.
You will have crisp, golden french fries!