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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
When most people think of summertime, they think of picnics, and what better to have
at a picnic than potato salad. Everyone has their own version of potato salad.
It is believed that Spanish explorers introduced potatoes to Europe from South America
in the 1500s. By the 1800s, seasoned spuds were a staple, and waves of immigrants
brought the dish here. Potato salad is widely believed to have originated in Germany.
Careful handling is required of potato salad since many of the ingredients lend themselves
to potential spoilage and food borne pathogens that can lead to food borne illness.
Always keep potato salad refrigerated, either in a refrigerator, on a bed of ice,
or with freezer cold packs in an ice chest.
When picnicking, put your ice chest in the shade, and keep the lid closed as much
as possible. If at all possible, avoid packing your ice chest in the trunk of a car,
since the temperature can get extremely hot.
To assure the safety of your potato salad, it should be maintained at a temperature
of between 32 and 40 degrees F. and not be left out of refrigeration for more than
2 hours if indoors. When temperatures are hot, or you are outside, such as at a picnic or reunion, it
should not be left out of refrigeration more than 1 hour. Leaving potato salad out
for more than 2 hours allows harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning to grow
quickly and rapidly multiply at warm temperatures.
It takes the right potato to get a quality salad. Just because you use the russet
potato for baking does not make it the best choice for potato salad.
Choose a thin skinned boiling variety. These can be steamed, pressure-cooked, boiled, baked or grilled and will not fall
apart when sliced, grated or cubed. Examples include the red potato (often called
new potato), yellow Finn or Yukon gold.
When choosing potatoes for your salad, they should be uniform size, clean, firm and
have a thin skin. Avoid those with wrinkled skins, soft dark spots and cut surfaces.
A green tinge, indicative of prolonged light exposure, is caused by the alkaloid solanine,
which can be toxic if eaten in quantity.
Boiling the potato is the next step. You have to cook them to the right stage, but
how do you know? When a potato can be easily cut with a fork, it is ready to be removed
from the water.
Once potatoes are cooled and cubed, add your potato salad ingredients, such as salad
dressing, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, and other vegetables you desire. Adding these ingredients
early can break down their texture due to the heat. Once the potatoes have cooled
and your salad is completed, refrigerate it for at least one hour before serving to
allow the flavors to blend.
This Farmers Market Potato Salad has just the right texture of creaminess and crunch
with its bites of bacon, celery and a touch of spicy onion. Everything except the
bacon can be purchased at the Gateway Farmers Market, located at the corner of Broad
and Jefferson, where they are picked one day and sold at the market the next.
Tried and True Tip: Out of mayonnaise? Substitute 1 cup each sour cream and miracle
whip for that same creamy texture.
Media Contact: Carla Haley-Hadley County Extension Agent - FCSU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 email@example.com
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