Today we are going to talk potato.. a the lovely and lowly potato, it made up a huge amount of the calories depending on where you lived and what you did..
In one of the research I was reading it recommended a total of one pound of potato per day for a adult and half a pound for each child.. That is on average 3 large or 4 med potatos which if used in a number of meals would very easily be used per adult in the day.
One cut up and cooked to make you full at breakfast, one used in soups in lunch and then as a side or as part of a meal itself in supper, just like today, you can make potato bread, and you can used cold leftover potato to make breaded and baked.. and wham.. a pound is used up.. it would not take long at all..
They all recommend that they be washed and if possible eaten with the skin on, for health reasons but also I imagine for less loss as well. Because potato was one of the ones that was grown locally, it would have been much more easy to eat them as they would have mainly been freshly dug.
They would have been used in all the way we normally would but they also used them as stuffed but with all kinds of toppings, everything from veggies to meat toppings.
This appears to be one of the most popular recipes of the time, its found over and over again.. we know it as scalloped now but it was called Potato Jane back then. What is interesting of this is that they were the main meal, unlike now where they are considered a side meal.