The Easy Way to Peel Boiled Potatoes





Introduction: The Easy Way to Peel Boiled Potatoes

I grew up in Idaho.  Both my parents grew up in Idaho.  Potatoes were a standard of our diet all my growing up years, I know dozens of ways to fix potatoes.  This Instructable is how to handle a standard process that must be done before you can prepare a vast majority of the potato dishes I know how to fix.  So this is how to peel boiled potatoes, because you boil them first and then you peel them.  It is really very simple and it save you loads of work in the long run.  So here we go.

Step 1:

Russet Potatoes
Pot with lid
Paring knife

Step 2:

Wash your potatoes.  With your paring knife cut a line around the center of the potato.  You just need to cut through the skin.  Do this to all the potatoes you are going to boil.

Step 3:

Cover the potatoes with water and put the lid on the pot, bring it to a boil.

Step 4:

Turn down the heat and boil the potatoes for 30 minutes or until you stick a fork in a potato and it goes in easily, the potatoes are done.  (These are over cooked, because I got side tracked, and forgot about them, sorry about that.)

Step 5:

Remove the pan from the stove (remember to turn off the heat) and pour off the hot water (pour away from you so that you don’t steam yourself),

Step 6:

run cold water over the potatoes.  Pick a potato up in your hand and using your nails and fingers, peel off the cooked skin of the potato, like this.

Step 7:

It is easier and not nearly as time consuming as peeling the potatoes before your boil them.  I put the potatoes in a bowl and cover them, then put them in the refrigerator, to cool down.  Now they are ready to be turned into: Hash Browns, Yummy Potatoes, Potato Salad (in all its varieties), Potato Pancakes, etc., etc., etc.  Enjoy!



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Nice and simple and the lil video was super handy thanks!

answer to your question- appetizer I think

What kind? Make an Instructabale of it. Thanks for looking.

Question! Is it the same with russet potatoes and red potatoes? I bought red potatoes that are a bit smaller and about the size that Curtis Stone used! I'll be in my kitchen tomorrow acting like I'm "Curtisanna Stoned"!! LOL!

Oh I meant to say that I do NOT enjoy cooking and haven't for years! I am "pulling a Betty Crocker" tomorrow and cooking a large meal!!! (When I do cook I call it "pulling a Betty Crocker" because I rarely cook!! LOL! We're having baked chicken, cabbage, asparagus, smashed potatoes and apple pie with vanilla ice cream. This meal *should* cover me for at least 6 months!! :D

I hear you, woman! I feel the same way. Love food but hate the prep.

A couple of the readers referred to a video showing how to score the potatoes with a cut around the middle of the russet before boiling and then placing in ice water and peeling by grabbing both ends of the potato and twisting. Here is the link to the Idaho Potato Commission version which Dawn Wells (aka May Ann of Gilligans Island fame) did for us years ago:

I saw an even quicker way where someone cut a line in the skin around the center, then twisted the skin off each end. It just slipped right off!

That is the way I saw the peeling done; the skin was just barely cut around the entire potato and it was boiled. When the potato was picked up and twisted in different directions the peel totally came off in one piece! Voila! One peeled potato!! Thanks for this discussion. I'm going to make "smashed potatoes" tomorrow and I googled this topic! Thanks again!

I am trying this right now!!!!