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KidLit Pick of the Week: Pepper the Salt Potato

KidLit Pick of the Week: Pepper the Salt Potato

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 4:16 PM

This week’s KLP of the week is Pepper the Salt Potato by Lenora Riegel.

If you're not from Upstate New York, you may not have heard of salt potatoes or the most famous salt potato, Pepper. Pepper the Salt Potato was planning a visit to the New York State Fair with friends Jam the Jelly Jar, Snap the Pickle, and of course, Phil the Paper Bag. There's one problem. Pepper could find any excuse not to take a bath because potatoes like dirt. Despite the friends' efforts to get Pepper ready for the contest, Pepper wanted to stay the way he was. Readers will be entertained from start to finish in hopes that Pepper will win a trophy for Best Potato of the Year at the State Fair?

What are salt potatoes?

Salt potatoes are a regional dish of Syracuse, New York, typically served in the summer when the young potatoes are first harvested. They are a staple food at fairs and barbecues in New York and the bag of potatoes comes with packages of salt.

As the potatoes cook, the saltwater forms a crust on the potato skin and when boiled, the inside is softer than boiling without salt.

The standard recipe calls for one pound of salt for every four pounds of potatoes.

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