Peeling potatoes can be a tedious task, especially when you have to make a large amount. In can be daunting to peel pounds of potatoes for a large event, but Chowhound shares a tip that will literally only take seconds for you to peel a potato with your bare hands! Interest? Keep reading.
The clip breaks it down into simple steps. First, boils the potatoes until they are fully cooked, it is suggested to use russet potatoes. Next, move the potatoes into a bowl of ice water. Allow the spuds to soak for a few seconds until they are cool enough to handle. Finally, use your hands to peel away the skin and you have a perfectly peeled potato in a matter of seconds!
There's much more to the potato than simply learning how to peel it. In fact, choosing the right potato for your recipe is a bit of an art form. According to Farm Fresh Direct, there are a few things you should remember the next time you are in the market for the perfect potato.
First, take a look at the appearance of the spud. Only buy firm potatoes that aren't too bruised. A good rule of thumb is to choose russets and sweet potatoes for baking, white or yellow potatoes for grilling, and red or blue for salads.
If it is slightly green, this is due to too much exposure to light. A bit of green is no big deal, but too much green can lead to a bitter taste and even make you ill. If you notice that your potatoes have started to sprout, this means that the potato is growing. To prolong freshness, store the potato in a cool, dark place to keep it from sprouting early. Try to avoid refrigerating your potatoes because cooler temperatures can lead to a sweeter potato, which could work for some recipes but not all of them!
Earth Fresh Foods offers a few more tips that could be handy the next time you whip up some mashed potatoes. The article suggests using mayonnaise or nutmeg to add a bit of flavor. Left over mashed potatoes? Don't let them go to waste! Instead, use them as a filler for soups or dip them in eggs and bread crumbs and fry them up like a potato patty. Finally, if you happen to overcook your spuds, add powdered milk instead of liquid milks to create a fluffy texture.
Potatoes are an excellent food source that can be included in thousands of recipes. Check out the clip to see how you can peel them with your hands quickly and easily! Share with your friends.