Questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with potato (aka potatoes or spuds) as an ingredient. Questions about dishes which include potato, but are not focused on potatoes, should not use this tag.

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Watery Russet Baked Potato

I have tried cooking baked potatoes (Russets) using the Alton Brown recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-baked-potato-recipe.html For some reason they keep coming out very ...
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mashed potatoes - fixing undercooked potatoes

I decided to do mashed potatoes. I boiled the potatoes (needed 3-5 min more, the were in about 30 min) I just realised they're undercooked I cut the potatoes into smaller pieces (2-3 cm chunks) ...
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Opening potato bags

I'm not sure how universally this question applies; I live in Canada. When we buy potatoes, they often come in large bags made out of heavy paper. The bags are closed by sewing a string into the top ...
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How to dry out mash - added too much milk

I was just making some mashed potatoes and slipped when adding milk, adding probably 50% too much. The mash is now very liquid. Whats the best way of saving it? I am thinking of either heating ...
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best way to infuse flavour into boiled potatoes

My question is very similar to this one here How to boil potatoes for curry? I am trying to enhance the potatoes flavour by masking it's own natural flavour with as much spiciness as possible, ...
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How do I cook chips (french fries) in the oven?

A while back, I came across a method of cooking chips in the oven (rather than deep frying them). Basically, what I do it cut the raw potatoes into chips, coat then in oil and bake them in the oven ...
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Is it safe to eat potatoes which have sprouted?

I'm talking about potatoes which have gone somewhat soft and put out shoots about 10cm long. Other online discussions suggest it's reasonably safe and the majority of us have been peeling and eating ...
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How can I know whether a potato is too old?

I have many kilograms of potatoes that are turning bad, I don't want to throw them away. The term "turning bad" means that the best-before days on the products vary between 1-4 weeks i.e. they are old ...
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How can I make my homemade potato wedges crispy?

How do I make my wedges go nice and crispy in the oven? I usually season them with a cajun mix, add a tiny bit of oil, and cook them in the oven on fan-bake at about 200 degrees (celcius). They come ...
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How to skewer a baked potato without leaving bits of foil

My preferred method of cooking baked potatoes is to lightly coat them in olive oil, then wrap them in foil and skewer them before baking for a couple of hours. The purpose of the skewer is mainly to ...
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Potato in the microwave

My brother in law was telling me the other day that he just sticks whole potatos into the microwave wrapped in wax paper for a quick snack. Is this ok/safe? If you do this, do you have other ...
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Can I make potato dauphinoise/potato gratin/gratin dauphinoise without cream and just milk?

Tonight I'm going to make potato dauphinoise but I don't have any cream - at all - and all the recipes call for it! I should also note I have no creme fraiche or fromage frais or plain yoghurt e.t.c ...
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What is a good spicy potato wedges seasoning?

I've taken a liking to the simple potato wedge as an alternate to mash potato when preparing meat and three vege. However, I'm trying to get a recipe that consistently deliveries tasty wedges. My ...
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how to manage roast potatoes at low temperatures.

is there a sane way of roasting potatoes at low temperatures? I ask because I am pot roasting a silver-side joint and would like some roast spuds to go with it. However the pot roast is to be done at ...
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How to boil potatoes for curry?

My favorite restaurants always manage to mask the potatoes own flavour with spices to the point where you have more taste from the spices blending in with the potato. Every time I tried, it never ...
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Multitasking with oven ( roast and potatoes)

I am trying to roast potatoes to a crisp skin texture while making a roast in the same oven. When I am making a meat roast, I want to make a potato side dish with it. However, when I put the potatoes ...
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Which oils or fats make the crispiest roast potatoes?

Which oil or fat is the best option for crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside roast potatoes?
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Par boil roast potatoes

I tend to par boil potatoes before roasting them; however, a common error that I make is to over par boil (or as it is otherwise know: boil). Unfortunately, I'm unlikely to ever get this right. So ...
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What's the purpose of nutmeg in mashed potatoes and white sauce?

I've seen lots of recipes that call for a pinch of nutmeg in mashed potatoes and in white sauce. It's not very much and just provides a slight elusive flavour. I do enjoy it, but often don't bother ...
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How to fry big potato pancakes for hungarian pancakes?

Good hungarian pancakes use potato pancakes the size of a big plate as base under the goulash. I never managed to successfully flip such a pancake. I can make small ones that occupy 1/3 of the pan ...
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Refrigerating leftover cooked potato

My mom keeps telling me it is unsafe to refrigerate leftover cooked potato in any form because she claims refrigeration accumulates toxins in them (or something like that). I, on the other hand, ...
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Cooking potatoes - baking covered in salt for mashing

I was wondering about a detail of a recipe I recently read in a magazine. The recipe is for Gnocchi, so basically it's about making a potato mash dough. Instead of just boiling the potatoes, the ...
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Best potato varieties to use for mashing

I use Maris Piper with butter, milk and seasoning, but I'm wondering if there is a better variety for mashing?
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Difference between Potato Pancake and Hash Browns?

I was wondering what was the difference between these two potato recipes? Both of them seem to be near same but are referred differently. Is there even a difference or is it just word play?
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Cooking “purple sweet potatoes” or “purple yams”

I recently bought something that was labelled at the grocery store as a "purple sweet potato". They were larger than what I am used to for sweet potatoes, but looked similar, although they had a ...
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How much does a “large” potato weigh?

I have a recipe that calls for "6 large baking potatoes." So the question becomes, what is considered the average size of a large baking potato? I've looked online, but sadly do not have time to ...
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How to reheat a baked potato?

How should baked potatoes be reheated in order to most closely approximate fresh-from-the-oven quality?
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Can I make sourdough starter with raw potatoes?

Looking at different websites I found sourdough starters using potatoes instead of wheat or rye. They all used cooked mashed potatoes. I wonder if it is possible to just grate raw potatoes or other ...
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Replace the potatoes in a corned beef hash with something that isn't starchy?

I am following a low-carb diet, and would like to make corned beef hash at home with left over corned beef brisket. Onions are no problem, but I would prefer to avoid root vegetables, and potatoes in ...
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Potato Crisp making

I read that 100kg of potato will process 35kg of potato crisp. I have tried it and did not achieve that result. I used 100kg of potato to process only 15kg of potato crisp.Please does blanching have ...
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The secret to hash browns / home fries / breakfast potatoes

I have never been successful in making pan-fried potatoes àla the American diner. It seems like such a simple concept, but they never turn out right! Usually undercooked & oily, with some parts ...
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What is the fastest/easiest way to prepare potatoes for mashing?

I've always thought that mashed potatoes should be a really simple thing to make. But I find that with all the peeling, quartering, boiling, not to mention the incredibly messy cleanup, it's actually ...
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Why add salt to potato water?

I add salt to pasta water in order to reduce the stickiness caused by starch. However, I've never seen potatoes stick together. Why add salt?
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How to scale up modernist Potato Puree?

The recipe for Potato Puree in "Modernist Cooking at Home" calls for precooking the potatoes in water at 65 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. The bag should hold 500 g potatoes and 1 liter water. Since ...
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What varieties of potato would be good for chips / french fries?

What varieties of potato would be good for making chips / french fries that can be cooked in a deep fryer to give a nice golden crunch on the outside, but still be nice and fluffy in the middle?
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Sprouting Potatoes in Fridge? Safe to eat? [duplicate]

Have a bag of potatoes about maybe 3 weeks old. Still firmish, not green but with little small sprouts (maybe barely 1 cm) VERY small. Are these ok to eat? I trimmed off the sprouts and the inside ...
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Fastest way to cook a baked potato?

Baked potatoes are great as everyone knows but what is fastest way to cook them (obviously preserving the taste). Normally I do about 10 minutes in the microwave and then in the oven till the top ...
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Rice vs pasta and potatoes

Potatoes, pasta and boiled jasmin rice are all starch and do not taste much by themselves. However I would not serve tomato sauce nor olives to the rice. On the other hand I would not serve potatoes ...
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macaroni salad, potato salad, tuna salad excess moisture

When I make potato salad, macaroni salad, tuna salad, and sometimes ham salad, it seems like there's always a puddle of excess liquid at the bottom of the storage container the next day. Does anyone ...
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Can vegetables be roasted at lower temperatures?

I tried to bake some new potatoes, small tomatoes and hot peppers, in extra-virgin olive oil, using a recipe calling for 1 hour at 100° C. I was skeptical of the 100° C temperature, so I set the ...
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Are potato fruits (not “potatoes”) edible?

My uncle has a fairly expansive garden and he grows potatoes. He asked a question, that being if they'd ever seen tomatoes growing from their potato plants. I've done some research (and remembered ...
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How can I make McDonald's type French Fries

I have eaten french fries from most popular fast food joints. McDonald's has been the best by far. Crisp & crunchy on the outside yet moist inside, still maintaining the potato taste. Also it ...
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Frying - Oil foams

I am relatively new to deep-frying. Having seen the questions about oil reuse and conservation, I'm still at a loss about what's going on with my oil... My sunflower oil foams like crazy. I've been ...
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How do you know when a baked potato is done?

When baking a baked potato in the oven how do you know when it's perfectly done? Squeezing it doesn't seem to be that accurate for me. And using a fork seems pretty arbitrary. Any better ways?
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Preparing / pre-cooking hash browns / home fries

(Inspired by, but broadening, Can you parfry hash browns in advance? ) In American diners, when you order home fries or hash browns, they are cooked to order, but are brought to the table in much ...
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Can you parfry hash browns in advance?

I like making and especially eating hash browns, but they take quite some time to cook. Could I make all of my hash browns in advance by cooking them but not all the way and then finishing them off ...
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Potato and Macaroni Salads soak up all the mayo when I store them

When I make either potato or macaroni salad, I always have a problem the next day with the salad soaking up the mayo so it looks like there was no mayo added. I DO feel that I add a good amount of ...
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How to make crispy/dry potato chips/crisps?

I've tried frying chips a few times, but, even though it's fun and tastes relatively good, they did not turn out like commercial potato chips (such as Lay's). My homemade chips soaked up too much oil, ...
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How long should I bake a whole sweet potato for?

How long should I bake a whole sweet potato in the oven for versus an 'ordinary' potato of the same size?