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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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 ...
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Is there a big difference between Yellow and Yukon Gold potatoes?

After moving to Canada six months ago, I still haven't found Yukon Gold potatoes at the grocery stores. Instead I find Yellow potatoes and was curious as to whether or not they are considered to be ...
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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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Whether to peel sweet potatos

I want to make a sweet potato dish -- maybe candied yams. Should I peel the sweet potatos before cooking or are these recipies intending for me to keep the skin on? None say to peel the potato ...
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Storing potato water: how long can it be refrigerated?

When boiling potatoes, I like to use the leftover water for soups, sauces, etc. Does anyone else use potato water, and if so, how long can it be stored in the refrigerator? I am wondering if it has a ...
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What technique should I use to make latkes for a party so that I don't have to stay in the kitchen?

What usually happens is that I fry up fresh latkes during a party and I end up in the kitchen for the majority of the party. Is there a way for me to precook the latkes and then still have them taste ...
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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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What is a good way to cut potatoes into wedges?

I have tried making potato wedges before but can't seem to find a good way of cutting them up. My pieces always seem to be of assorted sizes - so when they cook, the thinner ones burn and the thicker ...
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How to rice potatoes

I was wondering if anybody know a method to rice potatoes without them turning into mashed potatoes. When I do it to raw potatoes, they mush or just stay too crunchy and with cooked potatoes, just ...
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Uses for leftover potatoes from a pot-roast

I made a large pot-roast with sweet onion, carrots, green beans, mushrooms and Yukon Gold potatoes (all cooked in the same pot). All the vegetables except for the potatoes got devoured, so now I have ...
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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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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 can I substitute for Mayonnaise in a traditional potato salad?

I wanted to make a Potato Salad that was going to be exposed to fairly extreme heat during an upcoming picnic and wanted to make sure it wouldn't spoil as quickly as it does sometimes. Is there ...
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How do I pick the best potatoes at the supermarket?

I was picking potatoes randomly from the supermarket without much thinking, and some potatoes take more time to bake properly. So on what basis should I pick potatoes, potatoes for baking? I'm not ...
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When boiling potatoes, should I put them in with the cold water or in to the hot?

I've heard both. What's the correct way to boil a potato? Why?
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Pre-blending Potatos

What would happen if you put your uncooked potatos in a blender and then cooked the result? Would you get mashed potatos? Faster?
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How to Peel Potatoes

Whenever I have to peel potatoes, I spend much of the time fighting the slippery, just-washed potatoes and keeping them from shooting out of my hands...what's a good way to peel potatoes more ...
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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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How to make Pumpkin Fries

Sweet potato fries are one of my favorite sides. I also love the taste of pumpkin, and thought it would be good to replace the sweet potato in sweet potato fries with pumpkin. I am looking to make ...
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How could I make stuffed french fries?

I had an idea a while back to make stuffed french fries. I was thinking specifically about a cheesy, thick, french onion soup sort of a thing inside a crispy french fry (not a steak fry). I can't ...
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What are toffee potatoes?

I came across a reference to this in an article about Scandinavia. They are apparently a regional delicacy.
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How can I make a silky smooth, rich mash?

What are the key factors in making silky smooth (non gluey) mashed potatoes. What technique has the best results?
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Is it possible to make french fries out of potatoes and tomatoes?

In the same way that they make tomato tortillas, is it possible to create french fries with a homemade recipe that is made from potatoes and tomatoes both? My idea is to create something that does not ...
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Baking My Own Sweet Potato (Yam) Chips - Help Correct My Current Methodology

A while back I tried baking my own sweet potato (yam) chips and I ran into some problems. Here's what I did on my last attempt: Using a mandolin, I sliced the potato into one-eighth of an inch size ...
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Should I boil red potatoes before roasting them?

I would like to try roasting red potatoes instead of regular idaho potatoes-should I boil and then roast or roast them raw? Also, covered in a ceramic container or uncovered--any tips?
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storing homemade potato chips

I am working on developing a new dish for our bar menu at work--pulled pork sandwich, with homemade potato chips. Frying chips to order seems like a silly idea, especially since chips (or crisps if ...
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Gnocchi - best fluffy technique

What is the best way to ensure prepared gnocchi is light and fluffy, not lumpy and soggy? I've seen tips saying to use more flour, to use less, to add ricotta cheese, to air dry...
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Are Green Potatoes OK?

Sometimes when peeling a potato, I find that areas of it are a bright shade of green. Does this mean that: A) The potato is OK to eat? B) The potato is OK to eat, as long as the green parts are ...
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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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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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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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Did I store these potatoes incorrectly (found a bug inside)?

(apologies if off-topic) I have a 3 pound bag of 'Idaho' brand potatoes that I bought a few weeks ago. They all looked good (firm and no sprouts) when I went to get them the other day except for one. ...
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What's the best way to store potatoes and maximize their shelf-life?

What's the best place and way to store potatoes so they keep fresh longest?
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What are the best potatoes for baking?

What are the best varieties of potatoes to use for baking with a roast that will give a nice golden brown finish on the outside? [Edit: to clarify, I'm from Australia and we don't really distinguish ...