How and how much to cook potatoes

How and how much to cook potatoes

How and how much to cook potatoes

December 15, 2020

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Life hacks that will help you get exactly what you planned, reduce cooking time and give ordinary potatoes a delicious flavor.
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How to boil potatoes in their skins

This cooking method is considered the most useful. In the skin of a potato contained vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, proteins, fiber, potassium, iron and other trace elements necessary for a person.

To ensure that the potatoes boil evenly, try to pick up tubers of the same size. Wash them thoroughly from dirt (it is better to do this with a stiff brush) and pierce with a toothpick in several places so that the peel does not burst.

A few drops of vinegar and salt dissolved in a pot of water will also help keep the peel intact.

Pour the tubers with cold water so that it completely covers them. Then salt: about ½ tablespoon of salt per 1 liter of water. But you can put more: the potatoes will take as much salt as they need.

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Then cover the pot with a lid and put it on high heat.

After boiling, cook the potatoes over medium heat for another 20-25 minutes.

If the potatoes are old, then most likely the time will have to be increased to 30 minutes. And for young potatoes, 15 minutes may be enough.

The readiness of potatoes is very easy to check. You need to pierce the tuber with a knife or fork. If it is soft, then the jacket potato is ready. After boiling, drain the water, let the potatoes cool slightly and peel if necessary.

How to boil peeled potatoes

Perhaps the most difficult thing here is to get rid of the peel and all the eyes and green spots. Otherwise, the process is practically the same as cooking potatoes in their skins.

Do not keep peeled potatoes in the air. If you are not going to cook right away, put the tubers in water so that they do not darken.

It is better to take medium-sized tubers, as they will cook faster. Large tubers can be cut in half or into several pieces.

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Place raw potatoes in a saucepan, pour cold water into it and season with salt. If you put vegetables in boiling water, then the middle may not boil. However, opinions on this matter are divided even among famous chefs. For example, cooking program host Martha Stewart pours cold water on potatoes, but Jamie Oliver uses hot water.

If you need to keep the potatoes from overcooking, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 liter of water.

Place the saucepan over medium heat. When the water boils, turn it down.

After boiling, whole peeled potatoes are cooked for 20-25 minutes, cut into pieces – 15-20 minutes.

Before turning off the stove, check the readiness of the potatoes: pierce them with a knife.

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Then drain the water. If this is not done, the potatoes will soften.

How to boil potatoes for salad

Most often, for a salad, they take potatoes in uniform. Only it is cooked a few minutes less than usual, so that the vegetables are firmer.

If you don’t like peeling boiled potatoes, peel raw potatoes and cut them into small cubes or as you need for a salad.

Then pour the potatoes with cold water, salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. To test the readiness of small cubes, just try one of them.

As a rule, after boiling water, they are boiled for 10-12 minutes.

The main thing is not to digest them. After all, for a salad, you need a firm potato that will not turn into mashed potatoes.

How long to cook potatoes in soup

For soup, potatoes are usually cut into strips and placed in an already boiling broth.

Potatoes are boiled in soup for 7-10 minutes.

However, the cooking time may vary depending on the size. The larger you cut the potatoes, the longer they will cook.

How to cook French fries

Potatoes can be cooked not only in traditional ways. For example, boil in a saturated saline solution. The result is a fret potato that tastes like a baked potato. Ideal to spice up salads or a casual dinner.

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Remove all the dirt from the tubers, put them in an enamel pan and fill with cold water so that it completely covers the potatoes.

Pour a lot of salt into the pan: about 300-400 g. You may have to add more in the process, because the salt should not completely dissolve.

Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the temperature and cook the potatoes under a loose lid for about 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

By the way, the saline solution can then be used many more times to make fret potatoes.

A few more hacks

  1. To make the potatoes cook faster, throw a piece of butter into the pan. Melted butter will cover the water with a thin film and will interfere with evaporation. The temperature in the pot will increase and the potatoes will cook about 5 minutes faster.
  2. Add a few slices of onion or a couple of halved garlic cloves to the pot for a delicious flavor. You can also put bay leaves or spices, and sprinkle peeled potatoes with chopped dill.
  3. The liquid in which the potatoes were boiled can be used as a broth for …


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