How Big Is a Large Potato Anyway?

 

I was doing my batch cooking for the week when I encountered a frequent problem.  This issue happens a lot for me.  First, I am not a talented chef, I need a recipe and I need the recipe to be clear.  One of the recipes called for a large potato.  What does that mean? If I go into this store, a large potato might be one size, but it I go into another store, a large potato might be another. I can compare potatoes within a bin and big the biggest one, only to discover that elsewhere that same potato would only be medium. It is frustrating for me. All I could do was guess.

Then I picked up another recipe and discovered a whole new world.  One in which the guesswork had been eliminated.  This recipe was from The Vegan8 and I discovered she does this with most of her recipes.  For example, she listed 4 large long carrots, equivalent to 1 1/2 Cups, followed by a weight measurement.  That told me that I could just go to the store and buy a bunch of carrots and slice enough to fill 1 1/2 cups.  If I wasn’t sure about that, I have a scale and I could actually measure out the amount.  Simple enough and no more guess work.  I wish more recipe writers would do that.  Size is relative in this case. It could affect the outcome.

IMG_7260So, the first recipes I made this morning was New Orleans’ Style White Beans from FatFree Vegan Kitchen.  I used my Instant Pot and followed the directions, except. . .  I did not soak the beans overnight.  I have been reading different things that tell me I don’t have to soak beans if I am using a pressure cooker.  That would make life so much easier if that is true.  Several members of the Happy Herbivore meal plan group have been discussing it and I thought, why not!  It actually worked quite well, but I had to more than double the time for cooking the beans.  That’s OK.  I have taken note and will adjust accordingly the next time.  I did use my immersion blender to make it a little more creamy, but otherwise it worked well.

IMG_7258The second recipe was The Classic Vegan Noodle Soup by The Vegan8.  My husband woke up under the weather this AM and I really needed to make something comforting for his lunch.  Friends were, of course, suggesting chicken noodle soup but since that is not an option, this recipe was my next best choice.  This is the recipe that gave me all the info I needed so I didn’t have to guess what size a small red potato was.  It was very tasty and my husband is snoozing right now and hopefully feeling a little better.

Im done with my batch cooking now, so I get to take it east for the rest of the week. All the food is in the fridge and ready to be reheated.  On with the New Year.

 

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