Trader Joe’s Tiny Potatoes

Trader Joe's Teeny Tiny Potatoes
If you’re a long-term loyal reader of this blog, then you might have noticed that we don’t feature a lot produce reviews. This is not because we are anti-vegetables (at least not since college), but it is for a few basic reasons. First, and this is a hard one to believe, but the “fresh” fruit and vegetable section at Trader Joe’s has consistently disappointed me. I’ve bought more than my fair share of half-rotten Clementines and vegetables that turn into mush if they aren’t eaten at TJ’s the same day. This isn’t something I do alone. One recent article lists what you should NOT get at TJ’sTJ’s ranked produce as the number one food to avoid (even before the sushi). I agree with all of them, but not all products. One thing I will say is that although I have had many good experiences with bags of apples and a few ears of corn, they are difficult to review. I don’t mean to say that I cannot write. Break up letter to a peanut brittle boxOr imagine one. Heavyweight fight between soy sausage manufacturersHowever, how do you review something like green peppers in depth? It’s much easier to write about aBottle of carrot juiceMore than a bag full of baby carrots.

It’s interesting to me that potatoes aren’t fruits or vegetables. They are a type of plant classification called “a”tuber.” This sounds almost like a seventh grade insult to refer to something as a tube. It has something to do with hoity-toity botanical hairsplitting that I really don’t get. The only thing I do know is that potatoes are produce. They also taste great, which makes this my first ever produce review.

These will appeal to potato lovers. You probably won’t buy them if you don’t like potatoes. TJ’s Teeny Tiny Potatoes come in a 1 lb mesh bag with dozens of tiny potato runs. They aren’t bad, but they’re small. I tried to figure out if these were a mini potato variety or just a young potato. But I couldn’t find any definitive answers. There are over 5,000 kinds of potatoes around the world and I didn’t want each one to be classified. It is less tragic to see them as small potatoes than as being harvested and eaten before it could live and thrive in full-blown Russets.

A foil packet with butter, herbs, spices and some salt is our favorite way to cook them. The Teeny Tiny Potatoes are a great alternative to their larger cousins. The first is that you don’t need them to be chopped up. You can just put them in a pocket and let them sizzle for awhile. Each of them is small enough to absorb the butter, and each can be cooked easily with enough heat. For me, the outer skin of potatoes is my favorite part. With these, every bite is surrounded in delicious potato epidermis. Mmmm. Mmmmm. Your tongue will be grateful. You can also use these to make simple, delicious homefries. Simply chop them in half. They can be substituted for regular-sized potatoes by being cut into small fries or wrapped in foil for mini baked potatoes. They seem to be more golden, although it’s hard to tell.

Sandy and me both love them. I’m actually working on (and almost finished) a small raised vegetable garden for my front yard. We hope that some of the remaining plants will produce the next generation dwarflings, if we just toss them into the dirt and let the natural process take its course. This is the TJ’s product that I have never been disappointed in, both in terms of quality and shelf life. Apart from that, we love potatoes. “Mmm carbs! Carbs are my favorite! Sandy exclaimed with eloquence when I asked her about her opinion. They were awarded a five by Sandy, which I consider a compliment for being so adorable and cute. These are my favorite and I don’t have any issues with them. miniature foodsHowever, in the end, I don’t know how much credit Trader Joe’s can be given for not making a small bag of potatoes…. eh? 3.5? You can’t go wrong with that, right?

Bottom line: 8.5% of 10 Golden Spoons