The Easy Way to Peel Boiled Potatoes

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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.
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Step 1:

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Russet Potatoes
Pot with lid
Paring knife

Step 2:

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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:

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

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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.)

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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),

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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.

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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!
ytg1373 months 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!

leongene4 months ago
However they CANNOT be used to make mashed/creamed potatoes. Once cooled and or sitting they render the starch so they will not cream.
Cheese Queen4 months ago

Might make the point that the texture of potatoes boiled with skins on versus skins off is quite different. Skin off results in a lot of potato starch being removed in the water, which is good if you want fluffy mashed potatoes and bad if you want potato pieces for salad.

Also, simmering rather than boiling makes for a nicer potato surface after peeling, and letting the skin-on boiled potatoes cool naturally out of the water will make for a potato that retains its shape and stays nice and firm; easy to shred or cut up without breaking.

rickharris2 years ago
In the summer e always eat the potatoes with the peel on - Same for baked potatoes.

In the winter I use a potato peeler because running them under cold water cools them and I like HOT potatoes.

mguer1332 years ago
I'm a little confused on why someone would explain how to peel potatoes...

Is it just me or does this seem like an obvious task?

craftknowitall (author)  mguer1332 years ago
Three reasons: 1. It’s a lot faster to peel a potato after it has been cooked, so it saves time. 2. A lot of the vitamins available in a potato are just under the skin. If you peel them before you cook them, you remove the best of the vitamins. If you peel them after they are cooked, you leave a lot more of good vitamins behind. Admitted you lose some vitamins to cooking, but not as many, if you cook them with the peels still on. 3. This was part of a "potato" challenge, and some people, who don’t have much experience cooking, appreciate being shown some basic techniques.
answer to your question- appetizer I think
craftknowitall (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC2 years ago
What kind? Make an Instructabale of it. Thanks for looking.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Yes! I'm so glad someone finally showcased this. It's amazing. Well done!
Very smart. I am definitely going to try this next time. :D
craftknowitall (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you!