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Old 06.03.2015, 13:22
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I'd have been dead a very long time ago if eating potatoes that had sprouted was dangerous. I just take the sprouting bits off, cut off all the green bits if there are any and use the potatoes as normal. I would only toss them if the sprouting bits actually had leaves on them as they'd be a bit far gone by then.

I think it was probably something else that made you sick.
Agree 100% with Belgian Mum. People have been eating potatoes which have sprouted a bit for years. Earlier we had potatoes delivered by the farmer directly to the cellar, 100% kgs or so, and used them all winter, and believe me, after a while there were pretty looong sprouts. Still haven't died, and managed to bring up 3 kids, who now have kids of their own, and all were perfectly healthy. Perhaps even healthier than they'd be now, as they built up some resistance to all sorts of evil things!! Another first world problem.....
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:11
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Re: Would you toss them?

Probably the only negative thing about eating potatoes that have started sprouting is that they must have less nutrients as some would have gone into making them sprout.
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:15
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Re: Would you toss them?

Can anyone also advise?

I saw recently, in Landi, potatoes not in a plastic bag ..... and with 'stuff' on the outside of the skins, which seemed gritty and similar to dirt.

Can I eat these, and what do I need to do?
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:16
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Re: Would you toss them?

So the question remains, what else did the OP eat with the mash??
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:18
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I'd have been dead a very long time ago if eating potatoes that had sprouted was dangerous. I just take the sprouting bits off, cut off all the green bits if there are any and use the potatoes as normal. I would only toss them if the sprouting bits actually had leaves on them as they'd be a bit far gone by then.

I think it was probably something else that made you sick.
+1 - I used some sprouting spuds last night - sliced them up and made some potato wedges with garlic & olive oil - feel like a spring chicken today!!!
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:23
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So the question remains, what else did the OP eat with the mash??
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Old 06.03.2015, 14:45
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Re: Would you toss them?

I've read somewhere there are natural toxins in the sprouts of potatoes which can also be present in the skin and flesh close to the skin. It's not a done thing to consume potatoes that sprouted, back home, exactly for this reason. But who knows..
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Re: Would you toss them?

This thread has demonstrated what I've always suspected about EF. It's full of tossers.
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This thread has demonstrated what I've always suspected about EF. It's full of tossers.
If you read it you will see that the exact reverse is true in the majority of cases
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Re: Would you toss them?

Sell by dates & food "past its prime" is the biggest argument in our house. I won't eat a month old youghurt; OH will scrape the blue off stuff & serve it up. Grosses me out.
I try to clean the fridge out before the weekly shop & throw out anything that resembles a tribble.
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Old 06.03.2015, 16:01
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Re: Would you toss them?

It was probably the 3 pints of beer, 2 bottles of wine and whisky for afters that made you ill.
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Old 06.03.2015, 16:28
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It was probably the 3 pints of beer, 2 bottles of wine and whisky for afters that made you ill.
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Why would that make someone ill?
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Old 06.03.2015, 16:30
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Sell by dates & food "past its prime" is the biggest argument in our house. I won't eat a month old youghurt;
That's probably the best example of something that won't go "off"; because it's already done so. As long as the seal is intact so it won't go mouldy there's really no reason that yoghurt can't stay good for a year or more.
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I've read somewhere there are natural toxins in the sprouts of potatoes which can also be present in the skin and flesh close to the skin. It's not a done thing to consume potatoes that sprouted, back home, exactly for this reason. But who knows..
You're right MC, green potatoes contain Solanine, a glycoalkaloid, which is very toxic for humans. If ingested in sufficient amounts it'll cause nausea, vision problems, breathing difficulties, possibly paralysis and coma.... even death.
It's especially dangerous if eaten by pregnant women as it can cause foetal defects.
The toxin concentrates in the peel, sprouts and 'eyes', so if you remove those and cut away the green parts the rest is probably safe to eat, but the potato should be thrown away if it tastes even slightly bitter.

Personally I'm wary of eating even slightly dodgy looking/tasting potatoes, but that might be due to losing vast swathes of my family during Ireland's Famine.

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Old 06.03.2015, 18:04
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Sell by dates & food "past its prime" is the biggest argument in our house. I won't eat a month old youghurt; OH will scrape the blue off stuff & serve it up. Grosses me out.
I try to clean the fridge out before the weekly shop & throw out anything that resembles a tribble.
Totally agree with you I refuse to cook or eat anything past its sell by date, hubby tried to trick me once and removed the sell by date sticker I threw it straight in the bin. I have had food poisoning twice never want it again.
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Old 06.03.2015, 18:07
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Totally agree with you I refuse to cook or eat anything past its sell by date, hubby tried to trick me once and removed the sell by date sticker I threw it straight in the bin. I have had food poisoning twice never want it again.
Eating food beyond it's "sell by" date is perfectly safe; avoid anything beyond its "best before" date though.
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Old 06.03.2015, 18:12
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You're right MC, green potatoes contain Sloanine, a glycoalkaloid, which is very toxic for humans. If ingested in sufficient amounts it'll cause nausea, vision problems, breathing difficulties, possibly paralysis and coma.... even death.
It's especially dangerous if eaten by pregnant women as it can cause foetal defects.
The toxin concentrates in the peel, sprouts and 'eyes', so if you remove those and cut away the green parts the rest is probably safe to eat, but the potato should be thrown away if it tastes even slightly bitter.

Personally I'm wary of eating even slightly dodgy looking/tasting potatoes, but that might be due to losing vast swathes of my family during Ireland's Famine.
Exactement. I like my liver too much to save a few cents.

Sprouting taters wouldn't be touched with a stick back home...

By the way, you mentioned Ireland, I read Teacher Man by McCourt again today a class, it is amazing. I love it.
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Old 06.03.2015, 18:22
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Eating food beyond it's "sell by" date is perfectly safe; avoid anything beyond its "best before" date though.
I don't take a huge amount of notice of the 'Best By' dates either. That means it will gradually lose its flavour or whatever from then but still be fine to eat. Smell, appearance and taste are more relevant.

The more important one is 'Use By'. I don't usually exceed these

A recent report is recommending extending the dates on products
http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...chuck-out-food
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Old 06.03.2015, 18:25
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Eating food beyond it's "sell by" date is perfectly safe; avoid anything beyond its "best before" date though.
I always thought that "best before" means it's ok to eat things for a few days after the date, they are safe but may not be as good quality.
If a product has a "use by" date, it shouldn't be consumed after the date.

Don't know if they have both of these in Switzerland though.

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glowjupiter, why don't you plant your sprouting potatoes, then you will eventually have lots of fresh potatoes!
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Sell by dates & food "past its prime" is the biggest argument in our house. I won't eat a month old youghurt; OH will scrape the blue off stuff & serve it up. Grosses me out.
I try to clean the fridge out before the weekly shop & throw out anything that resembles a tribble.
That's the total opposite of hour house. My OH would throw stuff away a couple of days before the sell by date because it's 'nearly out of date'.
I have to resort to hiding stuff so that he can't chuck it away.

I worked in a lab where we were testing to ascertain what use by date to use on products and I can safely say that if stored correctly there is a quite a lot if leeway with these dates.
Best before is just a guideline, it won't go off but the quality may deteriorate over time.
Use by dates are the dates it is guaranteed good until ( assuming it's stored correctly) but virtually everything is perfectly fine for a good while after this date. I use my common sense and judge whether something is OK by the look, the smell and the taste.
It's always possible that something 'goes off' before the use by date but this is usually due to incorrect storage or a defective seal/hole in the packaging.

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