How To Boil Potatoes
Although Boiling Potatoes is quite easy, there are a few things to do, to ensure the quality of your Boiled Potatoes.
1. Most likely your recipe will suggest the type of Potato to use. This process can be followed for any type of Potato, and for any recipe that calls for boiling of your Potatoes.
2. Decide if you are going to use peeled Potatoes or leave the skin on. This will likely depend on the recipe you are using as well.
3. Wash your Potatoes giving them a good scrub…especially if you are leaving the skin on.
4. Cut your Potatoes into all the same size pieces. This ensures that all your Potatoes will be done at the same time. Larger pieces would obviously take longer than smaller pieces so if they are all the same size or close to it, they will all be done at the same time.
5. Get out a large kettle or stockpot and fill with COLD water. We need to use COLD water because if you use warm or hot water, the outsides of the Potatoes will get done first and the inside will still be raw. Using COLD water ensures they all cook evenly.
6. Add Salt to the COLD Water. This will give your Potatoes a good flavor, and you can add less Salt to the finished product.
7. Now add your Potatoes into the COLD water and turn the heat on high. Bring the Potatoes to a boil then turn the heat down to med/low to simmer until the Potatoes are done.
8. Use a sharp paring knife to check for doneness. You will know they are done when you poke a Potato with the knife and the Potato slides off the knife. You don’t want them undercooked, and if you overcook them, they will sort of explode in the pan and be mushy.
9. When the Potatoes are done, drain them in a colander, but do not rinse them, and then set them aside to cool.
10. Now you can mash the Potatoes, make Potato Salad or continue on with your recipe!
Tip by: Hot Dish Homemaker