First things first, what are Yukon gold potatoes? These potatoes are a cross between a wild South American yellow-fleshed potato and a North American white potato.
They have golden flesh that is flavorful, moist, and a bit sturdy. Additionally, they have a medium starch content which makes them the perfect balance between dry and moist potato varieties.
Yukon gold potatoes are very versatile. You can mash, roast, sauté, or even use them in soups. They have a rich flavor thus taste amazing despite how you cook them.
You may come across recipes that don’t refer to potatoes in numbers. Instead, the authors refer to them based on their weight, e.g. one pound of Yukon gold potatoes.
This may be frustrating, especially if you are not aware of how many Yukon gold potatoes are in a pound.
So how many Yukon gold potatoes in a pound? A pound of Yukon gold potatoes consists four to five medium-sized potatoes. Note that the number of potatoes in a pound greatly depends on their size.
If the potatoes are large, two potatoes can reach the one-pound scale. If they are small in size, you may need up to 8 potatoes to reach the one-pound scale.
In this article, we will discuss important information about Yukon gold potatoes including; how to choose the best, proper storage, how to prep them, and possible substitutes.
Additionally, we will discuss their shelf life and signs of spoilage.
How many potatoes are in a pound?
As mentioned above, a pound of Yukon gold will contain approximately five medium-sized potatoes.
That means that ten medium-sized Yukon gold potatoes will weigh (approximately) three pounds which is 1.35 kilograms.
Choosing the best Yukon gold potatoes
It would be best if you choose potatoes that are firm and feel heavy. Avoid the ones that are wrinkled, soft, or have blemishes.
I don’t recommend buying potatoes that are pre-packaged in plastic bags since it is difficult to evaluate them.
If you want to roast the potatoes, I suggest you buy the baby Yukon golds which are Yukon golds that have not matured. They taste amazing when roasted.
Don’t buy potatoes that have hints of green. The green color indicates that the potatoes were exposed to a lot of light, thus they contain solanine.
Potatoes with hints of green may have a bitter flavor and can cause stomach upsets.
If you buy potatoes that have no hints of green but turn green a few days after you store them, be sure to get rid of the green patches on the flesh before cooking the potatoes.
How to properly store Yukon gold potatoes
You should store Yukon gold potatoes in a cool, dry, place far away from sources of light. The pantry would be a good storage place.
Note that you should not store the potatoes for too long. If you do, their starch will convert to sugar. Consequently, they will taste unpleasantly sweet.
Additionally, store potatoes far away from onions. Potatoes and onions release gases that make each spoil faster.
How to prep Yukon gold potatoes
Prepping Yukon gold potatoes for cooking is quite easy. Simply wash the potatoes thoroughly to remove dirt, then use a paring knife to get rid of blemishes. You can peel the potatoes, or cook them with their skin.
I highly recommend cooking Yukon gold potatoes with their skin on because they will have a richer flavor.
Additionally, they will maintain their shape better. Additionally, cooking potatoes with the skin on them ensures that the potatoes don’t absorb too much water.
If you don’t like eating the potatoes with the skin on them, you can always peel them off easily after cooking.
Yukon gold potatoes shelf life
The shelf life of uncooked Yukon gold potatoes ranges from one week to several months.
If you store them in cool temperatures e.g. in a cold pantry, they will last for much longer compared to those stored at room temperature. Potatoes stored at room temperature will only last for 1-2 weeks.
When cooked and stored in the refrigerator, Yukon gold potatoes will retain their quality for 4 days. In the freezer, they can last for up to one year.
Signs that the potatoes have gone bad
If your potatoes become mushy or soft, they may have gone bad since raw potatoes should be firm.
Another sign of spoilage is a moldy smell. Potatoes may smell nutty or earthy, but they shouldn’t smell moldy.
If your potatoes have a foul smell, the chances are that they have started to rot or mold. You should discard
Substitutes for Yukon gold potatoes
If your recipe calls for Yukon gold potatoes but you don’t have them in stock, you can always use other potato varieties in its place.
Some of the ones you canto substitute Yukon golds are russets and red potatoes.
Russets, also referred to as Idaho, is a popular potato variety in the United States. They are usually medium-sized and oval. Their skin is russet-colored and the flesh is either pale yellow or white.
Russets have a mild flavor and a fluffy texture. They are great for baking, mashing, roasting, and frying.
Substitute Yukon gold potatoes with russets if you want to bake or mash them.
Red potatoes are usually round and small in size. As their name suggests, they have red skin. The flesh is white with a distinctly sweet flavor.
The texture of red potatoes is moist and smooth. They are great for baking, roasting, steaming, salads, mashing, soups, and grilling.
Substitute Yukon gold potatoes with red potatoes when making roast potatoes or a potato salad.
Yukon gold potatoes are amazing. Other than having a rich flavor and amazing texture, they are very versatile due to their medium-level starch. You can roast, mash, boil, grill them, or use them in soups and salads.
If you can across a recipe that requires you to use one pound of Yukon gold potatoes and can't weigh them, use 5 medium-sized potatoes. A pound of Yukon gold potatoes contains 4-5 medium-sized potatoes.
Let me how you like your Yukon gold potatoes in the comments below.