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Old 07-31-2002, 01:20 PM
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Scalloped Potatoes Keep Turning Brown

I make my scalloped potatoes by slicing them on a grater ( thin long slices) and then cover them with cream of celery and cream of mushroom soup. Why is it that when I bake them they turn an ugly brown color ? Could it be that I dont rinse them and the starch does this ? My MIL makes them the same way and hers is never brown.

They look rather disgusting but they taste good ! I would like to be able to serve them to company though.

Does anyone know why this happens ?
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Old 08-03-2002, 06:56 AM
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Potatoes keep turning brown

If you aren't using the potatoes immediately you should rinse them and place them in a bowl with water and a tad of salt. Just drain them prior to use and they shouldn't turn brown. It works. I do this all the time. Good luck!
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Lila is on the right track. It's most likely the exposure to air that caused them to turn brown. I haven't used salt before and the plain water has been as effective in preserving them. Happy potato-ing!
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I grate them straight into a bowl of water. The salt is for preferences, it doesn't do anything to prevent the brownness. That is the air. Then just drain well when you are ready to use them. They will keep in the bowl of water in the fridge for a couple of days.
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If you and your MIL use the same recipe and her's don't turn brown, why don't you ask her what she does?

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Old 08-05-2002, 09:31 AM
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I have asked her and it seems that we do the same things. She lives in NY so its kinda difficult to watch her make them.

We are planning on a visit there soon so I will ask for more details while there.

Im going to try the ice water idea and see if that helps. Im assuming that it has something to do with the starch since it doesnt get rinsed off using my method.

Thanks everyone for the tips !
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soak in milk

When you are slicing the potatoes, place slices in pot of milk (cold is fine) while you finish slicing all pieces. The air turns the potatoes brown/red and milk stops this better than water. Also, cooking in glass pan (instead of metal) helps.
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Re: soak in milk

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When you are slicing the potatoes, place slices in pot of milk (cold is fine) while you finish slicing all pieces. The air turns the potatoes brown/red and milk stops this better than water. Also, cooking in glass pan (instead of metal) helps.

I use baking potatoes they don't seem to turn brown on me. Guess it is the water content in regular potatoes that does it. Sueanne
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Old 08-08-2002, 06:07 AM
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Whenever I am using potatoes in a recipe, I usually am peeling them, then I drop them into a pan of water, tap water, then I slice them and put them into another pan of water before I start layering them for scalloped potatoes. Hope this helps.

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I have the same problem sometimes. I have found this helps. As I peel each potato I drop it in a pan of cold water. Also, when I am slicing (I also use a slicer like you) I cover them with cold water until I am ready to assemble the casserole. I still find that sometimes they darken just a little but not enough to look nasty. Everyone seems to like them anyway.
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