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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Preserve cut potatoes

I am going to cut some potatoes tonight for a dish I am going to make tomorrow. Will keeping the cut pieces in water immediately after cutting preserve them? There are suggestions at other websites ...
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How to salt potatoes?

I would use boiled or fried potatoes inside other recipes like the Spanish tortilla which has usually a salty taste. Depending on how I cut the potatoes however, sometimes there is too much contrast ...
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Roasted potatoes: should they be dry?

I'm in the middle of roasting some sirloin in foil packets. It's surrounded by carrots and quartered red potatoes, and I'm roasting it for an hour at 400F, turned down to 350F after the first 30min. ...
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Why won't my potatoes crisp?

I live in a country where there is no chemical engineering done on the plants, so everything is completly organic. But i noticed the biggest difference in the potatoes here vs. in America is that the ...
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Why must potato salad be placed in the refrigerator before serving?

Many recipes for potato salad state that one should place the salad in the refrigerator after preparing. Some recipes state that one hour is enough. Others ask for several hours. Some recipes even ...
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Is it normal for potatoes to look like they are 'shedding'?

I bought potatoes today in a different store then I normally do. When I came home I saw that the potatoes look like they are 'shedding', and I can peel of pieces of skin. Is this normal for some kind ...
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How to make crispy French fries?

Yesterday I tried making French fries, but they were not crispy. I heard that if I use 2 spoonfuls of Mobil oil with soybean oil, the fries will be much crispier. Is that true? Or is there any way ...
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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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How to make lactose free mashed potatoes

To begin with, I use soy cream instead of dairy-based cream. It tastes alright, but not superb, and it seems to require more salt. What is missing that I should find a substitute to add back in?
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Will potatoes discolor if I pre-make scalloped potatoes?

I'm planning to make scalloped potatoes with russet potatoes and cream and cheese. If I prepare and assemble the dish in the evening, can I store it (covered in the refrigerator) overnight and bake ...
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New potatoes in pressure cooker with salt: how to optimize water amount and cooking time?

I am trying to replicate a recipe that my father-in-law performed once at home… well, not much of a recipe, rather a cooking style, as you'll see. The idea is to cook new potatoes (specifically, new ...
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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 should I control the time and temperature when baking two dishes?

I want to cook multiple dishes at the same time using a conventional oven. A 9x 13 pan with potatoes should bake in an oven of 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. The other dish, a ham, should be in a 325 ...
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Are potatoes ever used in Mexican or Tex-Mex dishes?

In various Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants in the US, all of the dishes seem to be made from a limited selection of ingredients. Although potatoes originated America, I never see potatoes in any of ...
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How can one determine if a potato is suitable for French fries?

I often make French fries by cutting potatoes into long strips, adding a bit of oil and spices, then baking them in the oven. Sometimes, this tastes very good. Unfortunately, most of the time, it ...
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How should I wash the potatoes before baking them?

I bake Russet potatoes. I just washed them a little with cold water and then place them in a baking pan after I put foil on the bottom of the pan. I do not peel them. Is this a good method or should ...
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What is a German potato grater called?

I know of this grater via German cooking, but it may NOT be specific to Germany. Regardless, I am trying to determine the name of this kind of grater so I can purchase one. The grater is actually ...
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Achieve the crispiness of fried potatoes using baking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I bake normally fried foods? I usually cut my potatoes into sticks that are slightly bigger than your generic frozen fries. I've tried baking the sticks with low ...
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How far in advance can sweet potatoes be peeled?

How long (hours or days)can sweet potatoes be peeled before they are used? Do they go brown quickly like regular potatoes? Are there methods for holding them?
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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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How to get very smooth, flat cooked potato pieces

For an upcoming party, my girlfriend and I have been discussing trying to create "potato jenga." The idea is to cook smooth, flat pieces of potato and stack them in a tower, so that everybody has to ...
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I'm hungry and I have an old open bag of potato chips, is it safe to eat? [closed]

So I found wedged in my desk an old open bag of store bought potato chips from some months ago. They smell fine, but they've been open for a long while. They're even still reasonably crispy. So my ...
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How to make a good mash potato [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make a silky smooth, rich mash? My mash potatoes are usually not very tasty. I sometimes add some cheese or butter (together with milk) but I never manage to ...
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Freezing Mashed Potatoes - any way to prevent drying out?

I am making shepherd's pie soon for freezing, and have been given conflicting advice regarding freezing the mash potato topping. I've been told both to freeze only the mince base and make the mash ...
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What is the best way to bake potatoes in embers?

I have fond (and by now possibly largely inaccurate) memories of eating potatoes that had been wrapped in tin foil and baked outside in the embers of a fire. I'd quite like to reproduce the ...
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How to grill potatoes?

I'm having a barbecue and I'm cooking steaks and asparagus. I still have some uncooked potatoes left in the pantry. Is it possible to grill a potato?
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What is the critical ratio of eggs to potatoes between an egg salad and a potato salad?

It's probably not a one to one ratio. Do you have any suggestions?
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Types of potato for making gnocchi

I've made gnocchi with different types of potato with mixed result. Can anyone recommend a type that is particularly good for making gnocchi?
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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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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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How can I cook the perfect potato for a potato salad?

I have never managed to cook the perfect potato when making a potato salad. The potato tends to either be too mushy or it is too crunchy depending on if I over cook or under cook. I never seem to be ...
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Frying - Straw potatoes in fryer

I've stopped frying my straw potatoes in the fryer as the straws sink to the bottom and get stuck below the heating element. After a while, some of these raw straws float to the top and mix with the ...
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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 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?
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Peeling and dicing potato before boiling it

I've mostly seen people peel a potato after it has been boiled and then cutting it to pieces if required. Given it's muddy exterior, I find it cleaner (and probably takes less heat) to remove the skin ...
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Tricks to preserve chips (french fries)?

Since I can remember I've always been crazy about chips (french fries for the Americans). As a result I always make too much when I make them for me. The problem I have and have always had is that ...
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How do Blue potatoes differ from Yukon Gold potatoes?

In what ways do Blue potatoes differ from Yukon Golds? (Other than the color.) Do they have comparable amounts of starch and water? Do they have a different flavor or texture? How should I be ...
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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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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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Will potatoes turn brown / gray in oil?

When I was a fry cook we made fresh fries and kept them in a bucket of water to keep them from turning brown (not sure if that's oxidation or what), will oil inhibit the same chemical reaction? I ...
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Advice on time for cooking potatoes au gratin?

So, I was following a recipe in an Amish cookbook that was pretty minimal on details: Baked Pork Chops Put a layer of thinly sliced potatoes into a baking dish, and cover them with ...
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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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Seasoning steamed vegetables (in particular potatoes): advisable?

We're going through a healthy-eating phase at the moment, and this includes eating a fair few steamed vegetables. Unfortunately I find steamed vegetables (especially potatoes) can be painfully dull ...
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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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Getting Potato and Turnip Patties to hold together… how?

So I just tried this recipe for fried potato and turnip patties and completely blew it. I followed the recipe pretty closely, but the patties didn't hold together at all. The outside burned and the ...
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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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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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What's the best time and temperature for tenderness when baking red potatoes?

Lately I've gotten into baking Red Potatoes with butter and spices and I've found I enjoy them when they are nice and tender. What's the best temperature for baking red potatoes for tenderness? How ...
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The secret to Pringles like potatoes

Some context: I'm not a cook, hardly even a good amateur, this considered: I would like to know if it is possible to, with everyday cooking accessories, make some home-made potatoes that are as ...
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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 ...