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The only answer that makes any sense (other than the "just for show" hypothesis) is that baking in salt does create a fluffier potato. That assertion is backed up by Cook's Illustrated and the Idaho Potato Commission [citation]. So, for the lightest possible gnocchi, start with the fluffiest possible potato. I've got to say though, roasting potatoes in salt ...
The variety of potato used for mashing really is a matter of preference, and the style of product you desire. Light, Fluffy Mashed Potatoes The best potatoes for light, fluffy, very smooth and elegent mashed potatoes are starchy varieties, such as the US Idaho. Dense, Creamy Mashed Potatoes For dense, creamy mashed potatoes (which also hold longer), a ...
Potato pancakes are held together, usually with egg, sometimes flour as well. Hash Browns are usually just the potato, maybe onion and seasonings.
Mine were big and difficult to cut so I put them in the microwave for a few minutes to soften them. After cubing the potatoes/yams, I boiled them as usual, to make mashed sweet potatoes. After the microwaving, it only took about 15-20 minutes to boil enough to soften.
Although I agree that they're better off used in hash or some other application, if you really want them as a baked potato, you'll want to reheat them slowly to warm them fully through. You'll need to get them warm enough to re-geletanlize the starches. I generally put them in an oven near 250°F, wrapped in foil to prevent the skins from drying out ...
Sadly, baked potatoes are one of those foods that are only truly at their peak when first baked. Either re-baking them or microwaving them will give the least bad results for reheating. Your better bet, however, is to give them a new life, for example as potato pancakes, hash browns, as an ingredient in a hash, or similar application. While they won't ...
If your house heating system is the kind that gives you a tank of pre-heated hot water, it makes sense to use this water. Boil your potatoes using water from your hot tap. This way, you will save time and money and your boiled potatoes will taste just as good.
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