TOOLS

DESCRIPTION
1cm corers1cm corers

1 cm / 10 mm coring device also known as a melon baller. These can be found at kitchen supply stores or are also available online (see links below).

-Wusthof 4240 1 cm melon baller.

-Other 1 cm/10 mm size options.

You can also use a vegetable peeler marked off at 1 cm. Mark the peeler head 1 cm down from the tip to take sample cores of the regulation size.

Ziploc vegetable bags
Ziploc vegetable bags, or comparable breathable storage bags. Regular Ziploc bags with holes punched in them are another alternative.
BRR Tag
BRR identification tag. DOWNLOAD HERE.
   
   
TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION
Eyes and Stem Ends
Identify where the stem of the potato is.
Coring
With a circular motion, core a uniform 1 cm diameter sphere from the stem end of the potato.
The perfect size of BRR cores.

IMPORTANT:

To be used for testing all cores need to be 1 cm x 1 cm in diameter and of uniform size.

Each core should weigh between 0.5 g to 1 g maximum.

BRR Core size equivalents

USEFUL BRR CORE SIZE EQUIVALENTS:

Cores should be smaller than a marble, larger than a pea, or roughly the size of the tip of your little finger.

Cores larger than the regulation size will have to be individually re-sized before testing.

   
Please note there is a charge for re-sizing samples that are not of regulation size.
   
   
SHIPPING DESCRIPTION
BRR samples

Make sure the sample cores are clean and dry to avoid deterioration of sample.

Please make sure the BRR identification tag is waterproofed in some way before putting it in with the sample cores, wrapping the tag in saran wrap, laminating it or placing it in a separate bag are all effective methods.

Insulated Envelope

Insulate the shipping package if there is any chance of freezing.

Insulating Shipments

If you are shipping tubers we suggest using Rubbermaid Roughneck Totes (14 gal / 53 L size) insulated with several layers of burlap sacking.NO STYROFOAM PLEASE

NO STYROFOAM PLEASE.

As styrofoam is difficult to recycle, we  ask that clients avoid using it to ship.

FedExDHL Shipping

Air Canada CargoUPS logo

Purolator LogoCanada Post Logo

Ship with a dependable carrier.

Click logos for carrier links.

   
   
COMMON PROBLEMS WHEN SHIPPING
Frozen Potatoes

Frozen potatoes. Complete deterioration of sample. Very common and very easy to avoid with proper insulation of shipping containers.

Result: Untestable material. Sample will have to be re-collected and shipped again.

Rotten Potatoes

Rotten, slimy potatoes. Shipped wet and in poor condition.

Result: Untestable material. Sample will have to be re-collected and shipped again.

 Cardboard Box Falling Apart

Flimsy, inadequate shipping containers. Please ship in containers that will arrive in one piece.

Result: Lost, mixed, or damaged samples. Samples may have to be re-collected and shipped again.

Illegible identification tag

Wet illegible tags. Please make sure the identification tag is waterproofed in some way before putting it in with the sample, wrapping the tag in saran wrap, laminating it or placing it in a separate bag are all effective methods.

Result: Tags will have to be filled out again, signed and shipped before testing of samples can occur.

Blank Brr Tag

Blank or missing sample tags. Please ensure that all information is filled out and that there is a signature on every tag.

Result: Tags will have to be filled out, signed and mailed before testing of samples can occur.

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