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Big And Wonky [Feb. 17th, 2019|10:46 am]
Tony Grist
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.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-02-17 11:18 am (UTC)
That is so fascinating. Something I would not have considered. You learn a little fact everyday.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-17 12:45 pm (UTC)
This is the first time I've ever thought about how crisps are made.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-02-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
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. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-17 08:26 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-02-18 07:54 am (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2019-02-17 11:23 am (UTC)
I love it that someone is marketing wonky spuds...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-17 12:47 pm (UTC)
They are marketed by a company called Fairfields Farm.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2019-02-17 05:34 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-02-17 03:35 pm (UTC)
And here, crisps are mostly smaller!
I wonder if that's a cultural thing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-02-17 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've never really considered it. I certainly don't have a personal preference.
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