Potato confusion..... help!

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  1. chick10

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    Tonight im going to have some homemade mash.

    I bought some maris piper potatos and its says 175g boiled 125cals

    So i just weighed my potatoes, and im wondering will e potato be lighter when boiled? Therefore im allowed a little bit extra? Just cant understand it?

    Sorry i sound so stupid:confused:

    Thanks:)
     
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    I always wondered this myself and ended up asking someone and apparently those are the pre-cooked weights as otherwise you'll have no idea how to get that amount after cooking but before you've cooked it, if that makes sense! And you don't sound stupid, it's a valid question that loads of people wonder!
     
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    Mmm... that's a very strange way of showing the calories! No, it's saying that your 175g potato will have 125 calories once boiled. It you fried it it would probably have more.
     
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    Yeah but from a starting weight of 175g is what I was saying
     
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    Some places do the same with pasta - dry weight but cooked calorie count. Others give both. I normally input it into a calorie counter to avoid the nutrition tables at the back.

    Also, the potato won't be lighter due to the moisture it would've absorbed during boiling. One a side note, if you're worried about calories, a lower cal (and better for you version) would be sweet potato mash. I have never had sweet potatos, but I'm not a fan of mash, so I normally have carrot, swede and parsnip mash. YUMZ.
     
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    I think it will be heavier once boiled as it will absorb some of the water. I guess you would need to just weigh it after it has been boiled. Let us know the verdict! x
     
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    It makes sense that the calories are for the boiled product, but the weight to measure is the weight of the potatoes before boiling.

    Try sweet potato.... amazing!
     
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    Yup, exactly. That way you know how much to weigh out to give you the final calorific content.
     
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    Another thing I've tried is boiled cauliflower and leeks, drain them well, pop them back on the heat to dry out the excess moisture for a minute, then pop them in a blender with a little half fat creme fraiche, and blitz them, the texture is like creamed potato and the taste is like a garlic mash potato, not sure of the calorie content will have to look it up and check it out, but it does taste like 5 star creamed potato :)
     
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    Aw thank you for all the replies! Im going to make it now. I hope theres enough to fill my tum haha
     
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