I know already how I can peel cooked potatoes, e.g. by throwing into ice water. According to a german helpster entry, the shell will be easily removable just by "rubbing". But is there another "instant" method for peeling raw potatoes? Instant means, I don't want to just peel faster, as suggested in this question.

EDIT This German helpster entry I described above mentioned some efficient industry methods - which are unfortunately not very usable in a private sector. E.g. putting the potatoes in a natron solution/leach or putting them into a high steam/pressure environment.

EDIT2 Sorry for the confusion. I don't want them to boil/cook first; so i want just a raw peeled potato afterwards.

  • Most industrial methods use abrasion. I've seen video out there of people using brushes & power tools to get the same effect : youtube.com/watch?v=Uo7K6CUCudU . Most cite ~60 seconds to peel a whole bag, but they videos tend to be jumpy enough that I suspect there are cuts / editing so I don't know if it's accurate.
    – Joe
    Feb 7, 2016 at 15:23
  • This has actually been asked and answered over on Lifehacks. For other "tricks" like this, you might find their site interesting here's the exact question.
    – Catija
    Feb 7, 2016 at 17:38
  • Household priced peeling machines are available, eg amazon.de/Melissa-646120-Kartoffelsch%C3%A4lmaschine/dp/… :) Btw, it is not a solution of "Natron" (baking soda) but "Natronlauge" which is made from "Ätznatron" (caustic soda). Feb 7, 2016 at 17:55
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    @toogley the highest voted answer there uses raw potatoes and a toilet brush...
    – Catija
    Feb 7, 2016 at 19:51
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    @rackandboneman That'd be a good question for Meta! :D
    – Catija
    Feb 7, 2016 at 20:11

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There are electrical devices using a tumbler:


(The German name is "Kartoffelschälmaschine" for anyone who wants to research it and doesn't like to read encoded URIs ;)

Interestingly, they are uncommon in the US judging by the amazon offers there- instead, the US knows a lot of electric versions of the "apple peeler/corer/slicer" design (which could probably peel a potato too if it was reasonably round, or a certain amount of waste is accepted).

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    It basically looks like a food processor and I am guessing it has an abrasive disc on the bottom instead of a grater on top. Seems perfectly reasonable to me. I bet cuisineart could make a few more dollars if they just made the attachment for their line of food processors.
    – Escoce
    Feb 7, 2016 at 20:48
  • Given that there is a known "Karborundverfahren" (seems to be exactly what it sounds like :) ) .... Feb 7, 2016 at 20:49

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