A Quick Learner - Finally

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A few weeks ago, I bought a mandolin. Had no idea how to use it, but it was cheap. I came across a recipe for a Potato Roll last week and decided to try it on a guest Wednesday with my purple potatoes. I did not realize it had a jullienne blade in it and after nicking my thumb on that AND not getting the slices I needed, I just cut the potatoes into slices. It was a hit and was not as complicated (the potato roll) as I expected.. I had some spinach and the cheeses left over so I was going to make another version today since I figured out how to remove the jullienne blade.

NOW I know how it works -and it only took losing the very tip of a finger to learn. Band-aids in the language finger. Next time I will mix white potatoes with my purple potatoes (amot out of them now). I know I have more, but since the grass guy cut down the potato plants, I do not know WHERE they are.

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I got enough this year to do 2 of the potato rolls. They turned out really good. Boiling the purple potatoes ,akes them lose color but they stay purple when baked. Different and that is what I am going for.

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Apparently if you grow Potato Violetta they keep their purple colour during cooking. 

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Do you not earth up your potatoes? It's supposed to give you a better crop.

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Have no clue about that- I grew up planting everything. I planted some purple potatoes a friend gave me  - LAST year. I guess I missed quite a few because these came up on their own this year. Will see what happens next year and will do a better job with the grass guy if they do.

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I dig a trench about 4" deep plant my potatoes and then pile the soil over them about 12" high. That way when the plant dies back they're easy to find.

I have potatoes popping up all over my allotment from where I've missed some in previous years, they're  a proper nuisance.

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Well the trick is to give the potato patch a thorough dig in early spring to catch the ones you missed in the fall.  I usually just replant those outliers with the new batch...no sense in wasting them! But those purple fingerlings are a pain the butt!  It's really easy to miss them because they blend in with the soil and either look like rocks or the leftover "gifts" from a visiting dog!  No more purple fingerlings for us. !

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