These potatoes, individually wrapped in plastic. You know, so they don't get dirty.
By - WartimeHotTot
The other crime is that one of these potatoes probably costs the same as 10 of them unwrapped.
Pro tip: if you want to steam a potato in the microwave, poke some holes in it and wrap it in a damp towel instead of plastic.
Same with sweet potatoes!
What about alluminium foil?
Wrapping in foil gives you mashed potatoes - just scrape off the inside walls of your microwave after cooking and enjoy.
This is underrated comment. I advise to keep a fire extinguisher near by.. please video for prosperity. We want to see you microwave your potato in aluminum foil instead of buying the plastic wrapped ones. Please
Put some aluminum foil in your microwave and lemme know how that goes.
Oh yeah, i forgot
I hope that’s all you forget, for your sake.
It works fine, you just need an entire roll of foil. You need to place your potato in the middle and then cram in enough aluminum until the roll is finished or you run out of room. Next up I will explain how to make your pressure cooker work much more efficiently
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Also half of them are green?! That's not from being under ripe btw. Don't eat green potatoes.
This is why potatos need to be stored a way from the sun. More sun means they will photosythesis....plastic makes it way worse. The worse part is there is no turning back the old color
Exactly! At that stage you might as well plant them.
Also don't store potatoes near onions because they will cause the potatoes to sprout faster.
Can somebody please tell this to my Costco?!?
If Minecraft has taught me anything, it’s that
also, don't give cookies to parrots even if polly wants one
Green bile product…they must be Mars poop potatoes
I thougt for a hot second they were really big peanuts
My old coworker used to buy the single wrapped sweet potatoes in plastic. The ones she bought were specifically meant to be put it the microwave to be steamed. I’m pretty sure you can just stick them in the microwave without plastic too. But you need to stab it with a fork to vent the steam so it doesn’t explode.
Yup. Stab them a few times, put them in a paper bag, microwave.
Not only horrendous waste of plastic, but spuds should be stored in breathable wrappers so they don't rot. So twice the waste...
My immediate thought was “oh this is like how cucumbers get wrapped because it makes them last way longer and food waste is worse than plastic (even Greenpeace agrees with that). But then I stoped being an idiot and remembered what a potato does wrapped in plastic 🤦♂️
Is the cucumber thing true? I've never seen a wrapped cucumber in Europe, and they keep very well (better than zucchini for example)
Yes, apparently it makes a big difference. This got a lot of attention a few years back in New Zealand when we banned single use plastic bags. People started looking at what other plastic was unnecessary, and telegraph cucumbers got a fair bit of attention. Pro-environment spokes people made statements that they were ok with this plastic, as it kept the cucumbers from going bad and being wasted, and they wouldn’t last nearly as long without it, and could be delivered less frequently in greater bulk, saving carbon miles. We don’t grow them in New Zealand, the distance to get here might make a difference.
It’s very rare to find any other individually wrapped produce here, especially since most of its grown locally.
I have seen some, more often in the organic section in supermarkets. Same with oranges and lemons. I supposed it was to prevent the organic products getting contaminated with post-harvest treatments products from the non organic fruits and vegetables.
That's very interesting, thanks!
If it’s like cucumbers it’s more that organic produce breaks down very quickly, and plastic wrapping can stop it losing moisture and going bad as fast. But your idea also makes a lot of sense.
On top of that, there's a whole lot of wasted electricity and time wrapping them :'(
The way cucumbers go bad, the outer layer loses moisture and goes limp. Plastic wrap prevents that. Also when they bruise they go bad in a fee days near the bruise, plastic wrap protects against both.
In America, usually only very cucumbers are wrapped.
Yeah cucumbers are a whole other story. We're talking taters though
I want individually wrapped blueberries.
it would be a lot easier if potatoes had some sort of thick layer so we wouldn't have to do this
And here I am, drinking from a disintegrating paper straw after they banned plastic straws because that's where the people could fight plastic waste.
They’re wrapped that way for a reason. They’re meant to be individually microwaved. The wrapping enables them to cook properly. They’re sometimes called “whistling potatoes” because the expanding air inside the plastic almost always causes it to make a whistling sound inside the microwave.
What if you don’t want to microwave the potatoes?
Well then I guess you just get the regular ones. These are just designed for people who want a single baked potato. I’ve only ever bought them a couple times. I think that a regular potato baked in the oven is much better, but it does take quite a while.
I’m just saying that the packaging isn’t needless. It is there for a purpose other than covering the potato.
They are wrapped because they are microwaveable single servings
Any potato is a microwaveable single serving.
Are they? I thought the microwave ones had to be prepped somehow. Thanks
Nah. You can just throw in a regular potato. Only prep is poking a few holes in it with a fork and covering it. I really can't see any advantage given by the plastic that is significant enough to offset the fact that it's single-use plastic.
I don’t even cover them.
No these are faster bake in the microwave due to the air tight plastic wrap creating a steaming cook. Cooks them better than just throwing them in the microwave as they tends to cook unevenly and hardens parts. This is 100% a legit thing, sorry to tell you.
Once you poke holes in it, the steam isn't sealed in. You can wrap them in a paper towel or in a paper bag for the same exact effect.
You aren’t supposed to poke holes in the shrink wrap on these. That’s the whole point.
So you just aspolde it!?!?!?
They are meant to microwave in the plastic with no holes. It doesn’t explode. Not everything explodes in the microwave.
If you microwave a potato without holes it explodes.
Doesn't make it any less of a frivolous waste of plastic.
It kind of does unless you count all use of plastic as frivolous. This is barely any plastic at all and probably actually less plastic than a normal 5 pound bag as it’s thinner and far less of it, especially being polymer plastic as opposed to normal plastic. Even if you buy a single potato, you likely aren’t manhandling it up to the counter, you are putting it in the bag from the rolls they have that is using fa remote plastic than is on one of these.
You can make the argument that any plastic is frivolous, just seems to be reaching. How dare they wrap candy bars individually! They should just make a big sack of them!
These potatoes probably account for less food waste, ever think of that?
i want less plastic in my diet thanks.
I mean….you know you aren’t supposed to eat the plastic right? Do you understand how things work?
wait you dont eat the shells?
Nope. Cool these microwaveable ones all the time and no issue with plastic.
the idea of the microwave is it takes less than the hour it takes in the oven...
The ones you buy from the freezer aisle are partially cooked, but the ones in the veg aisle are just good to go without any meddling.
So you’re not completely wrong.
Wow. I thought that everybody can normally cook a potato in a pot. That's the easiest shit ever! Why people have to stick everything in a microwave?
If you cover the potato with oil and seasoning then the microwave is able to get the skin a little crispy.
The reasoning is that it takes an hour to bake a potato in the oven while it takes 10 minutes in a microwave.
You would think that was the case but then I heard about people microwaving eggs...
Microwaving is faster.
The main reason I didn't buy them would be that I didn't want to lose additional time peeling them off of the plastic, WTF.
Let’s use our brain
Bunch of potatoes wrapped together: nah
Wrap them individually: yeah
These have plastic so they're microwave ready. Cuts the time in half. I get them all the time for work.
It's not so they dont get dirty. Come on, it's a fucking root, man.
This is very offensive to me. Eating my brothers? What the hell is wrong with you all
You're next, papa. I'm gonna bake you twice.
I thought they were sausage at first
What makes it so much worse is all of the not wrapped potatoes sitting right next to them
The only thing worse than this is - the people who buy it.
wrapped so they dont loose water content so fast and will keep a loooot longer , no use by date , cucumbers are the same in Australia , so old you can bend them
I would boycott this company. They need to be named and shamed. Clearly a friend owns a plastics business and neither is aware of plastics Pollution. Very poor effort.
Individually wrapped? *Individually?* What the hell hahah
Get dirty?! They literally come straight from the ground! Who does this and thinks it's a good idea?!
They are meant to go straight in the microwave (pre washed and wrapped).
They're for steaming in the microwave. They cook in half the time like this.
I used to get these from my mom when she stopped cooking for herself.
That has nothing to do with keeping them from being “dirty”. It’s so they can be steamed once you put them in a microwave.
Hmm if only nature put wrap already on it
*laughs in root vegetable*
These are sold as each not by the pound hence the wrapping. Each ones like $1.50 or something.
Ok, but that is mildly infuriating. Like if there's anything that doesn't need to be wrapped in plastic, it's potatoes. Way too much goddamn plastic waste.
Says they’re microwave ready. I looked them up on the green giant website and it says you’re not supposed to remove the microwave safe film, it’s to help them cook. That’s why they’re wrapped that way.
But you can just as easily microwave a regular un-plastic-wrapped potato.
No, we need to rape the planet to enjoy baked potatoes. It’s gods plan
These are pre-cleaned and ready to heat. It's a marketing thing that takes minimal effort and lets them sell them for twice as much.
Ready for the most infuriating potato fact you will ever learn?
All potatoes are washed, soaped, and scrubbed after coming in from the fields. Thoroughly. It's to make for easier sorting and grading.
But Americans "didn't trust" clean potatoes. They wouldn't buy them that way, when the growers started doing it.
So now, after the potatoes have all been scrubbed and sorted, fresh dirt is reapplied to them so that people will buy them. Potatoes are *deliberately dirtied* to make them more marketable.
Have fun knowing that.
This might be more annoying than that plastic.
so at the start of civilization, there were dirty potatoes. then we invented the art of cleaning potatoes. but the people were dumb and thought something was up, because potatoes are usually dirty. so to sell our clean potatoes we have to apply makeup. and then sell the actual clean potatoes at a premium saying - see you don't have to clean potatoes now, just chuck them in a microwave.
also - just boil potatoes - microwaving is uneven
If you're buying a single potato wouldn't you get a plastic bag from the roll at the veggie area anyway? At least if you're getting a single potato you'll use less plastic this way
No. I would put it directly in my cart. I do this with all my produce. Plastic is generally unnecessary.
Tomatoes, peaches, lettuce, etc.? You don't put produce like that in a bag? What about fresh green beans or peas?
Nope. All directly in the cart. I don't like green beans or peas, so that's not an issue. I'd probably use a bag for those if I did buy them though lol. Can't fault you for that.
Yes, but this helps it bake more thoroughly and quicker.
First, you can't bake the plastic wrap. It's microwave only.
Second, I've microwaved them with and without the plastic. All the plastic does is burn your hands when you try to unwrap them after you've cooked them. It does nothing for the microwaving process.
Or people could just, boil them. Like how we’ve done for thousands of years.
You know boiled and baked arent the same thing right?
Yeah. If you want a baked potato then you can just bake it.
Then why tell them to boil it? Instead they should turn on an oven for an hour.
Is it still a baked potato if you microwave it?
Because they’re both ways to cook a potato. I only mentioned boiled because it’s been around longer. They’re both painfully simple. Not really a huge deal lol.
Could we mash them too? Stick them in a stew?
Maybe put them in the oven. I do it by the dozen!
Just another way to prepare them. That’s all. If this was just packaging, that’d be infuriating, but as it really does have a purpose…🤷🏼♀️
Idk it’s still pretty infuriating to some. It has a purpose, sure. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not still unnecessarily wasteful and lazy.
I get why you commented, but you’re kinda just stuck in a response loop at this point. Not that it’s your fault though.
Obviously you've never come across rotten potatoes, firstly they smell like absolute shit and from my time working produce in grocery stores it seems that once one goes bad it accelerates the process for any others stored near them... I hear you on excessive plastic use but damn go sniff the bags of potatoes at the grocery deeply before the produce dept workers show up, you'll find a few
Lol The ones in the adjacent bin are $0.89/lb.
ITT: People who don't understand that these potatoes are wrapped for the purpose of quick prep in the microwave. They literally say microwave ready on the label, the plastic provides for a faster cook time. What a stupid post
ITT: people who think wrapping potatoes in single-use plastic is justified because it makes them a little bit easier to microwave. What a stupid worldview.
I'm not saying it's WORTH the plastic, but there is a use for them and it's not to "keep the potatoes from getting dirty" as your title suggests. It's to ensure the potato bakes evenly without any other sort of prep. Might save a few seconds, but so does using a microwave to begin with. Most things are made for people's convenience.
I'm all for reducing waste, but it sounds like you just misunderstood the purpose of the plastic, whined about it on reddit, and then took the moral high ground of plastic reduction when you got called out for it.
The plastic is the whole source of the mild fury. That's the point. Saying we should not do this—even if it makes the potato easier to microwave—was not a pivot. It was the thesis.
Oh, come on. Are you really this much of a corporate sucker? The packaging *says* that it's about microwaving, yeah, but that's not what they're actually doing. That's the excuse they're using to deflect blame because this company is aware of the growing environmental awareness in society, and so they're trying to make you believe that they do this useless shrinkwrapping for you, when it's actually all about maximizing profit through minimizing spillage. There's less chance that the wrapped potato breaks in transit and these greedy cunts would rather pollute the world than lose like 5% of their shipment of 800 tons of potatoes. That's what this is *actually* about.
It's almost like we don't fucking cook them and kill all the germs
bruh green potatoes are poisonous
I've seen this at my local store and it honestly made me more mad than it should have
Nah, I reckon it made you just the right amount of mad.
Microwave cooked potatoes suck.
They are wrapped like that so the lube won’t mess with the taste after you take them from your ass and eat them
Only logical explanation I've seen
This shaves off like 3 minutes from what you'd have to do to cook a regular unwrapped potato the same way. It's amazing how many of you think that this is worth wrapping each potato in plastic. Shame.
Ah yes, the good ‘ol microwaved baked potato. A culinary masterpiece.
Well if they only had their own protective cover.
Yeah but this way you can actually seal in the dirt /s
I get these all the time, fight me.
this shit needs to stop right fucking now
They are wrapped to be able to be baked in the microwave without any other prep.
Those are for the micro wave. You know, for a small snack. Very reasonably priced at 10 times the cost of a bag of potatoes. Cuz, it's easier.
It's microperforated plastic for making them in the microwave without prepping.
And it does absolutely nothing to improve a microwaved potato. You can just stick a potato in the microwave and cook it, no plastic needed. It takes about six to eight minutes, depending on the size of the potato.
Touching potatoes or baking flour makes my skin crawl. I use the plastic produce bags like gloves when I have to buy potatoes, so plastic wrapped ones are perfect for me. That said, I really hope that’s a type of plastic that is easily degradable.
Degradable means it breaks down to tiny pieces of plastic.(micro plastic) You mean compostable.
Fire that dumbass
Them sweet potatoes deserve some love too!
Oh look, even when being used to preserve food, the kardashians are useless
This boldness blew my mind.
Does the store have like a bag of stupid and just spread it throughout the entire place?
This should be illegal
It’s wrapped and tagged for single purchase, as opposed to having a 4 digit code and having to be weighed. It’s for inventorying at scale as much as it’s for customer convenience.
Why would anyone buy 1 single potato
Because demographics, there are many people who only feed themselves, and 1 potato is sufficient for 1 person.
Actually, they are like that so they can be microwaved and made I to "baked" potatoes. The plastic wrap allows them to cook faster.
I hate seeing that at the supermarket. Why can't you just wrap a potato in plastic wrap that you have home?! Cheaper.
You can, but it's pointless. The plastic does nothing to benefit the potato. It comes out the same.
True. I actually don't wrap mine but I was just referring to those that do.
True. I actually don't wrap mine but I was just referring to those that buy these.
This also seems like a pita to unwrap them. I wouldn't even want to buy those if they were 50% off
They are like that so you don't have to wrap them when you get home before you put them in the microwave. I get what you are saying, but it isn't to keep them clean.
And they're still green. So it's likely poisonous.
They're microwave ready
This is almost worthy of r/makemesuffer
Ngl, I thought this was a pile of haggis.
Isn't that so you can microwave it and not to keep it clean?
I thought they had condoms on for a sec
I think they do this to make you think they are "special" potatoes that for some reason demand a higher price. They do this with pears and oranges now too.
I have tasted these as a quick dinner and taste dried out.
I'd say the problem is people buying them but I have never seen anybody buy them.
its not like they already grow underground or anything
It isn't so it doesn't get dirty. It's to preserve them longer.
BUT WHY NOT THE OTHERS NEXT IT IT?
Where does it say they are wrapped so they don’t get dirty?
That's Ok Its just regular old Packaging
It's so you can microwave then
Anything to protect the potatoes