I love growing my own spuds. Today, I dug up 2 kg (4 lbs) of volunteer potatoes from my garden. Yes, volunteers!
These spuds were ones I missed from the last of the summer harvest and grew over winter. Fantastic and certainly one to put in the lazy gardener category. Free spuds without any work except to dig them up.
This got me thinking of the last time I was in the supermarket when I saw prepackaged, peeled spuds and carrots ready to roast.
It never ceases to anger me when I see everyday items like this, packaged in the name of so-called convenience, wrapped in layers of plastic, slightly processed, with a token sprig of rosemary packed with it.
Do supermarkets think that consumers really are that lazy that they either don’t know how to peel and chop vegetables, or would rather pay at least four times the price of a couple of spuds with a bit of dirt on them? Just craziness. But I suppose some would.
The more sustainable alternative is that you could buy some cheaper spuds, peel them yourself, toss in a little olive oil and roast them. All the while saving a small fortune in the process.
Or even better still, throw a back of seed spuds in the ground, wait a few months, dig up, wash, and cook. Saving even more money!
The ultimate method is the one I mentioned at the start of the post. Do nothing, wait for volunteer spuds to grow, harvest, wash, cook. Cost = Zero!
Potatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and there are just so many varieties that it boggles the mind. There is a potato to suit every cooking method.
So do yourself a favour, and grow some spuds today!