Updated: Jan 28
24 to 48 hours
Organic Russet Potatoes (I make 10lb at a time for two people)
Salt, pepper, or other spices
Meat Grinder with sausage stuffer attachment
(or sausage stuffer)
Food processor with julienne plate or cheese grader plate
(or cheese grater or julienne mandolin)
I love tater-tots, and in my quest for health, here on the homestead, I couldn't find any organic tater-tots in a 100-mile range, so I knew I had to make them. If you aren't into the health aspects of store tater-tots scroll until you see pictures. Otherwise, read for an enlightening harsh truth about extra ingredients hidden in tots. If you aren't concerned about your health, scroll down to the photos for the meat of the article.
Here are the ingredients to a best selling top brand:
POTATOES, VEGETABLE OIL BLEND (SOYBEAN AND COTTONSEED), SALT, YELLOW CORN FLOUR, DEXTROSE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE (TO RETAIN NATURAL COLOR), DEHYDRATED ONION, SODIUM ACID SULFATE, NATURAL FLAVOR
What's wrong with these ingredients? Vegetable oil blends are made from the cheapest oils available on the market at the time of production. Soybean oils carry compounds that bring about oestrogenic effects in rats when fed soybean oil daily. So yes, a daily dose of french-fries or tater-tots is enough to affect a human body. Oestrogenic means any of several steroid hormones secreted chiefly by the ovaries and placenta, which induce oestrus (ESTROUS), stimulate changes in the female reproductive organs during the oestrous (ESTROUS) cycle, and promote the development of female secondary sexual characteristics. Oestrogenic effects can also alter the mood. Have you ever felt fussy after getting tater-tot faced? I spent my adolescent years working as a car-hop at Sonic, chugging the XL cheese tots on each shift, leaving me feeling sluggish, having horrible female cycle issues, and was wicked death-crabby. Oestrogenic effects cause ED and low testosterone in men. The use of soybean oils and erectile dysfunction in this country clearly correlate. It makes women super crabby and makes men lose their virility. It is a food ingredient that ruins relationships. It affects people no different than pills.
Cottonseed oil had a compound known as gossypol. Gossypol has been found to have several adverse side effects, including infertility from reduced sperm counts and motility, pregnancy problems including early embryo development, respiratory distress, liver damage, and anorexia. Plenty of good information about cottonseed oil can be found all over the net written by cottonseed oil producers. Cottonseed, at one time, was highly toxic trash until they figured out how to genetically alter the plant, extract some oil, and highly refine it to be fed back to not only humans but animals. All cottonseed oil for human consumption is a GMO product.
Yellow corn flour is made from dent corn that is known a GMO or BT corn. GMO corn has a gene altered in it that tells the corn not to die when in contact with the poison glyphosate (Round-Up) used for weed control. Bt corn is genetically altered with a fungus that kills bugs when they consume any of the plants. It has been found to disrupt the guts in honey bees, but as fast as they can prove issues in the human digestive tract, the studies get buried, or the chemical maker does other tests to disprove this fact. Sorry, I don't trust them. I have seen what agricultural sprays have done to my bees here and eating a fungus in corn that kills bugs or disrupts their reproductive system sounds like it should affect anything that eats it.
All these types of seeds (soybeans, cotton seeds, and corn kernels are seeds) for these oils grow in Round-Up ready soils or soils treated with glyphosate that generate another whole bag of unpleasantries for the health such as cancer, kidney and liver problems, and developmental issues, and reproductive harm.
Dextrose is highly refined sugar. The body absorbs it quickly and raises blood sugar levels giving you a food high. It is often used in foods to keep people addicted. It has virtually no nutritional value, known as empty calories.
Sodium acid pyrophosphate is a leavening agent to give the tots some poof. It has also been shown to harm your immune system and cause osteoporosis if you consume it in large amounts for an extended time, according to a 2018 study in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology. Tests done in that study were with high amounts, but people who consume more than one or two food products daily with the ingredient are simply consuming more elevated amounts. It is used in toothpaste as a tartar control substance. This product is currently under a class action lawsuit for the use as an organic substance.
Dehydrated onion. You probably can't go too wrong there. Although most spices are treated with irradiation these days, and as a cancer survivor, I'm not too fond of the idea of eating radiated foods. It removes all microorganisms, the bad along with the good! There haven't been any long-term studies done for the consumption of irradiated food. One study found it caused ill health in children with malnutrition, and in animal studies, it caused tumors, reproductive damage, and kidney damage. This is why I grow and make my spices.
Sodium Bisulfate is used in household cleaners, certain liquid detergents, metal finishing, and in swimming pool pH additives. In high doses, it is incredibly toxic. It is listed on the poison control hotline. One tablespoon is enough for a toxic overload. Sure, there isn't much in that one bag of tater-tots, but if I eat them over a few years, I will slowly ingest that amount. It can't be healthy even in small doses.
"Natural Flavors" is a bureaucratic blanket to cover all kinds of hidden things, including chemical preservatives. The Code of Federal Regulations for Natural Flavors is six pages long. You can find the link below.
You wouldn't think all of that is hidden beneath that tiny label on the tater-tot bag. All those tiny harmful additives add up in each food you eat every single day. So this is the reason I make our tater tots here at home, with only four organic ingredients. Let's get started.