What you should know about Potatoes
- Preparing potatoes is much faster if you don’t peel them! Plus you get extra fibre and nutrients if you keep the skin on.
- Avoid soaking peeled potatoes in cold water, as some nutrients can dissolve in the water.
- New potatoes have a high vitamin C content so only boil these for a maximum of 15 minutes. Place them straight into boiling water and don’t leave soaking.
- Try making Gluten Free Lasagne with thinly sliced potatoes instead of pasta sheets!
What you should know about Carrots
- To preserve their natural sugars and sweet flavour, cook carrots in as little liquid as possible. Steaming and baking both help seal in the flavour.
- Carrots can be eaten raw or cooked and are found in savoury and some sweet dishes e.g. cakes and muffins. Young carrots do not need peeling. Simply wash well or lightly scrape. Only old and large carrots need to be peeled.
- Carrots suit most cooking methods and may be boiled, steamed, baked, roasted, barbecued, stir-fried or microwaved. They should be cooked until tender and, depending on preference, still slightly crunchy. Cooked tender carrots can be mashed or pureed.
What you should know about Onions
- Store onions in a cool, dark and well ventilated place – not in plastic bags as this encourages them to sweat.
- Avoid refrigerating or storing your onions with other foods that may absorb the onion flavour.
- Onions can also help to soothe insect bites, stings and even burns – by rubbing them onto the affected areas it will help to ease the pain.
- Need to clean your Grill or BBQ? Chop an onion in half and turn it on. Using a fork glide the onion around the grill to scrub it clean.
- Can onions really soothe a sore throat? Apparently yes! Onion tea is thought to help. Bring to the boil 1 cup of water with the peels of ½ an onion. Once boiled remove onion and serve.