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Monday, August 16, 2010

Post # 138 - Simply Potatoes, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Pyrophosphate and Sodium Bisulfite 4-7-2010

Dear Simply Potatoes Folk,

I am a simple man. I sing a simple song. That song is “I shall eat nothing that I can’t pronounce”.

I love potatoes, but quite frankly, they’re a lot of work. Cooking. Peeling. Dicing. Seasoning. I have commitments to keep. Clients, partners, justices of the peace, they care little about my little potato fetish.

I was at the local grocery store, picking up my organic meats, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products. I walked right past the bread isle—too many chemicals in a loaf of factory bread. I walked past the cereals—after wheat, there are about 86 ingredients that I’ve never heard of.

Then I saw “Simply Potatoes”. Finally—someone gets it. A product that is what it says. Potatoes. Simply that.

My girlfriend Trina is a label-reader. One snowy Saturday evening, I was cooking her a lovely Cornish hen supper. As I was preparing the potatoes, she looked at the package and pointed out the additives: potassium sorbate, disodium pyrophosphate and sodium bisulfite. I’ve never heard of any of these.

I’m sure they have a purpose. I’m sure they do something. But don’t they go against the “Simply Potatoes” label? Aren’t you selling a big potato fib? For all I know, I served Trina Mr. Potato heads, chopped in little bits.

Trina suggested that I sprinkle the left over potatoes on the freshly fallen blanket of snow. Would they melt it? You tell me.

I think the label should read “Simply Potatoes, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Pyrophosphate and Sodium Bisulfite”.


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  1. Those chemicals are use in wine to kill yeasts so they are preservatives and perfectly safe.

  2. Somehow "simply potatoes" and preservatives go hand in hand, I guess. By the way, they also use disodium pyrophosphate for leather treatment, to remove iron stains on hides during processing. When added to the scalding water, it facilitates removal of hair and scurf in hog slaughter and feathers and scurf in poultry slaughter. In petroleum production, it can be used as a dispersant in oil well drilling muds.