Russet Potatoes

The average American eats approximately 126 pounds of potatoes each year...don't let this vegetable just be french fries!

How to Select

The type of potato you choose should be based on how you're going to prepare it. Begin by selecting those that are firm and heavy for their size. Avoid any that are shriveled or have cuts, blemishes, decay or green discoloration under the skin.

How to Store

It's best to store all potatoes in a cool, dry, dark and well-ventilated placeā€”not a refrigerator. Keeping potatoes in a basket, net or paper bag is better than storing them in a plastic bag. If plastic bags are used, the bag should have holes in it so the potatoes can breathe.

How to Prepare

Also called Idahos, russet potatoes are long, thick-skinned potatoes. They are perfect for baking and mashing because their texture is light and fluffy. Due to their crumbly flesh, russets do not hold their shape when cooked, so they are not suggested for salads or casseroles.