Mashed Potato Tips For the Average Chef

Food/Cooking - Dinner
By: tracyann    
13-Jan-2012

Introduction:In most families, potatoes are the "backbone" of the main meal. There are so many delicious ways to serve them. One thing to remember, when peeling potatoes, never peel them with any kind of knife except stainless steel. Here are the top five I consider for 'The Versatile Potato'.

  • 01

    Add Vinegar When Boiling Potatoes

    When placing potatoes in the water for boiling, a suggestion is to add one teaspoon of vinegar or a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to the water. The reason for doing this, is to have your potatoes come out 'snowy white'.

  • 02

    Fluffy White Potato

    Everyone likes to enjoy a delicious fluffy white potato. There is a way to have your potatoes come out fluffy white. Try using electric beaters, and instead of milk, which the average person usually pours into the pot of potatoes, use water and lots of butter!

  • 03

    Pressure Cooker For Mashed Potatoes

    When making mashed potatoes, try using a pressure cooker. It takes only eight minutes to cook potatoes in a pressure cooker. Do not drain off the water before mashing. Use an electric beater, add margarine, and dried, skim milk. Your potatoes will always be fluffy and white! Be sure to follow the direction for your particular type of pressure cooker. They take very little water.

  • 04

    Leftover Mashed Potatoes

    Here's a use for leftover mashed potatoes: Boil only enough new potatoes so that the fresh ones and the leftover ones will be enough for your meal.
    When the potatoes that you are boiling are done, but not soft, and the water has almost boiled away, add the leftover potatoes to the boiling ones...just long enough to heat through!
    Drain and mash as usual. You would never guess there were any leftovers being served!

  • 05

    Re-Heat Mashed Potatoes

    When you have family members and or guests that are late for dinner, and your mashed potatoes are already to be served, just drain the water off of them (mash if you desire), then place a cotton or linen napkin over them and put the cover back on top of the pot.
    This way they will remain hot for at least another half hour or more.




Final Thoughts

With the tough economy, many of us must cook potatoes every day or almost every day to make our budgets stretch. So here is a tip not waste one little bit of your potatoes. Cut them in small pieces before you cook them. So when it comes time to mash your potatoes they will not fly out of the bowl!




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