While flavor is at the core of the food we enjoy, visuals also play a role. For example: Why do potatoes turn brown? How to avoid it? Keep reading to discover the answers.
Why Do Potatoes Turn Brown?
Potatoes turn brown for the same reason other foods (such as guacamole or apples) turn brown: a chemical reaction known as oxidation.
Although oxidation can be quite complex, it all boils down to oxygen coming in contact with an exposed part of the potato, interacting with enzymes that are sensitive to oxygen. One of the results of that interaction is the unappetizing brown color we are all familiar with.
Enzymatic browning (the technical term for this phenomenon) is unpleasant to the eye. But there are other good reasons for avoiding it, as oxidation can also affect the taste and nutrient profile of fruits and vegetables.
How To Prevent Potatoes From Turning Brown?
Sometimes, especially when you are preparing a large meal, you cut or slice potatoes and move on to something else only to find out later that the potatoes have turned brown.
If you are cooking for yourself, this might not be a big deal, but when you are cooking for guests, you want your food to look as appetizing as possible, so chances are good that you’ll prefer to steer clear of oxidation.
Luckily, slowing down the browning of potatoes is as easy as placing them in water. This pumps the brakes on oxidation long enough for you to finish whatever you need to do before getting to mashing, frying, or boiling your spuds.
For more useful information and interesting facts about potatoes, check out our previous posts, “What Is the Origin of Duchess Potatoes?” “Can Potatoes Go Bad?” and “Are Potatoes Good for You?”
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