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How To Peel A Potato

How To Peel A Potato

A culinary necessity, peeling a potato is a chore that always needs to be done. We will show you two safe ways to peel a potato, using both cooked and uncooked spuds.

INGREDIENTS

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RECIPE

Serves
1 to 2
Prep =
5m
Cook =
30m
Total =
35m

Step 1: You will need…..

  • 2 unpeeled potatoes
  • 1 peeler
  • 1 small knife
  • 1 bowl cold water
  • 1 bowl of iced water
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 slotted spoon

Step 2: Peeling an uncooked potato

Begin by holding the potato in one hand.
Using a sharp peeler, apply slight pressure to make long straight movements from the top to bottom, removing long strips of the potato. Continue to work your way around the potato until the entire skin is removed.
Place it immediately into a bowl of cold water. This will keep it from oxidizing and turning that unattractive brownish-black colour.

Step 3: Cook the potato

Potatoes boiled in their skins retain less water, which makes your potato much better for mashing. Begin by making a shallow slit around the middle of the potato with a knife. Place it into a saucepan and cover with cold water. Place the lid on and bring to a simmer. Cook for approximately 25-30 minutes.

When cooked carefully remove it with your slotted spoon, making sure not to break it and place it in the bowl of cold water for just a few seconds to make it cool enough to handle.

Step 4: Peel the potato

Next, holding the potato in both hands with thumbs on top, work the skin free by gently squeezing it outwards. You'll find the skin will come off quite easily.

Step 5: Serve

Your potatoes are now peeled and ready to be mashed, sliced, fried, or put to a myriad of other uses.