Almost any (if not every) grocery store sells potatoes in large bags for a rather small price, which can be a huge help to your student grocery budget.

The other night I went to Loblaws at 10:30PM and on somewhat of a whim bought 10lbs of white potatoes for $5.

You might think this is insane for one person, or normal, or just a really boring thing to buy. To an extent you’re right. My actions were largely driven by excessive studying all about the potato in my “Food in World History” course, which put me in a weird zombie state that we all experience during midterms (except zombie me likes potatoes… a lot).

On that note, here are a couple of recipes that you can use potatoes for:

Mashed Potatoes:
1) Bring pot of water to a boil, while you’re waiting,
2) Peel 3 to 4 white potatoes
3) Quarter the potatoes and add them to the boiling water
4) Let cook for 15 minutes
5) Drain water, add a cup of milk and 3 tbsp of butter
6) Mash the potatoes and milk with a potato masher until smooth
7) Season with salt and pepper and serve with sour cream

Baked Potatoes:
1) Set the oven to 425F and line a baking pan with foil
2) Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork
3) Rub some olive oil on the potatoes then sprinkle them with salt and pepper
4) Put the potatoes in the oven for 45-60mins, or until tender, turning them halfway
5) Let them cool then serve with sour cream