Monday, September 17, 2012

Peeling Potatoes



Today's picture was taken around 1915 aboard the USS Arkansas. The picture shows sailors peeling potatoes. It is my understanding that this is not the most sought after job in the Navy. Wonder if anyone has any stories of peeling potatoes in the military?

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  1. Potatoe week made me think back to a fun toy... Mr Potatoe Head! I did a little reading and Mr. Potatoe head was the very first toy ever advertised on television in the early 50's. The original kit came with the facial features but no potatoe body. You supplied your own potaotoe and stuck the eyes lips nose etc. on a real potatoe. Fun for kids but moms thought it was wasting food so the next generation came with a plastic potatoe body.

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  2. I pulled KP in Basic, 1965, Ft Gordon Ga. The peeler was electric and flushed water on revolving abrasive disks. It got away from me and the potatoes wore down to golf ball size. I had the same problem sharpening boxes of pencils.

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  3. It is my understanding that this is not the most sought after job in the Navy.

    Better than swabbing the decks.

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  4. My mother used to make potatoe patties from left over mashed potatoes. They were a favorite in our family. She added a dab of milk, an egg, a tablespoon of flour & some minced onion. Drop by the spoon full into hot bacon drippings & fry until golden brown. I fixed them for my children, they loved them also.

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    1. oh yeah. we still make these here at our house. To your Mama's recipe : ) and my Mama's.

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  5. I think they shipped Robert's potato peeler out to Ft Ord, CA, in 1966.
    the one we had would eat potatos in the blink of an eye and the cooks would get real mad if you let it get away from you and turn the potatos into marbles.

    The only manual peeling was cutting them up into chunks or slices, depending on what the cooks wanted.

    Doing the potatos was really, kind of nice, unlike pots and pans, but that is a story for when PJM has a KP week.

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    1. There's one that stands above all others... "burning the sh*tter".
      In Vietnam the makeshift latrines had half oil drums as collectors. These had to be emptied periodically. the preferred method was to pull the oil drum, pour in some gas, put on a gas mask, light the gas, stir it with a stick or shovel. Repeat until done. Aromatic to say the least.
      John

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  6. In Finland's Army peeling was also used as punishment, but in every case some soldiers had to do it on their turn. When I was there in the sixties the potatoes were peeled with a machine, but the black dots "potato eyes" as we say in Finnish, must be carved off.

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  7. I never peeled potatoes in the military, but I had nine kids and that's a lot of spuds!

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    1. I never peeled spuds in the military but I was one of nine children and I peeled lots of spuds! and always manually. no machine to peel these potatos.

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