|Big And Wonky
||[Feb. 17th, 2019|10:46 am]
Now that we're getting our potatoes from the milkman they come in a cardboard box with Wonky Spuds printed on the side. Ailz did some research and discovered that these are the rejects of the crisp making industry- which explains why they're all so big. Apparently crisp manufacturers can't be doing with small potatoes. I suppose their machines can't handle them- or can't handle them economically. Anyway, that how things stand- and it's always nice to learn something new.|
That is so fascinating. Something I would not have considered. You learn a little fact everyday.
This is the first time I've ever thought about how crisps are made.
There was one of those factory documentaries on TV that looked at a crisp factory once. Very small potatoes would make very small crisps, but they don't like very big potatoes either because they have to be cut in half before slicing thinly. If the potatoes you're getting a very big, it may be because they're too big for crisps, not too small. :)
These aren't gigantic, but perhaps they are a bit too big to make crisps. I'm not sure. They're the size I'd favour if I fancied having a baked potato.
If you look at a cross section, would it make a very large crisp? I think they probably are the rejects that are too big. Though I might have expected a mixture of very small and very big in the box. Perhaps the small rejects get turned into potato powder for making those puffy crisps?
I love it that someone is marketing wonky spuds...
They are marketed by a company called Fairfields Farm.
Our Co-op sometimes have bags of "ugly" veg. They're random sizes or a bit misshapen.
It's one example of where pre-packaged veg is better than loose, because if they were loose, people would pick out all the biggest and most regular ones and the whole point is to encourage people to buy slightly odd looking veg.
And here, crisps are mostly smaller!
I wonder if that's a cultural thing.
I've never really considered it. I certainly don't have a personal preference.