Cooking With Potatoes

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February 8, 2019

A cooked potato that has had the skin removed.When my mother made potato salad, she boiled the potatoes whole and then peeled them. Her potato salad was so good. When I want to make a batch of potato salad, I cook the potatoes in the skin, like she did.



  1. Wash potatoes and place in a large cooking pot. Cover with water and put a lid on the pot. Bring the water to boiling.

  2. Lower the heat to medium low. Keep covered and simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Turn off the stove eye and set your timer for 3 hours. Do not remove the lid.

  4. Potatoes will finish cooking and will be just a little warm after 3 hours. The skins can be removed easily with your fingers or the edge of a knife.

  5. Dice the potatoes and they are ready to combine with the other ingredients.

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December 17, 2009

When I buy a bag of potatoes, I go ahead and boil as many as I think I might use that week. I place them in a colander in the refrigerator and, when ready to use, I either dice or shred them and just brown in some olive oil.

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January 12, 2015

If you are boiling potatoes to mash, it doesn't take long to dice the raw, peeled potatoes instead of halving or quartering them - and it really speeds up boiling time.

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November 9, 2009

How many times have you stood in front of the potatoes in the store and wondered what the difference was in all those different varieties of potatoes?

A pile of potatoes freshly dug up.

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October 2, 2009

Wash and cook potatoes until tender. Peel and dice. Cook minced onions until tender, but not brown, in melted butter.

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May 2, 2008

A few drops of lemon juice in the water will whiten boiled potatoes.

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June 24, 2005

My tip is actually a time saving tip with cooking. I make several potato dishes each week. Fried potatoes, oven fried with seasonings, baked, mashed, hash-browns, etc.

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July 31, 2010

Why do potatoes turn black after you have peeled them and cooked them?

By Connie Parks from Bristol, TN


July 31, 20100 found this helpful

It is something to do with the starch; it oxidizes when the air touches it. To correct the problem, wash the potatoes with cold water when you peel or slice them to remove the starch.

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August 3, 20100 found this helpful

Sometimes it is the pot or container you use. Try using a non-aluminum cooking vessel. Immediately put potatoes in cold water while peeling remainder of potatoes.


Cover the potatoes completely with water and rinsing with cold water. Do not use disposable aluminum pans to serve in if making for a crowd.

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August 3, 20101 found this helpful

When you remove the peel, the air turns the potato black. Place them in cold water after peeling. Adding some salt helps also. Other foods also turn black when peeled, such as apples, etc. Lemon juice or salt also prevents discoloration.

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September 13, 2022

Potatoes are a common root vegetable used in recipes all over the world. These starchy tubers must be cooked before being eaten. Boiling potatoes is an easy way to ensure they are ready for your table or to add to another dish.


When boiling potatoes, there are several factors to consider.

Peeled and halved potatoes in a pot of water.

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December 17, 2009

Does anyone know if one can pre-cook or partially cook potatoes to be mashed for upcoming dinner? If so, will they taste as good as freshly cooked potatoes?

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