21st November 2019

thekitchn
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Do you cut potatoes before boiling for mashed potatoes?

Boil Without Peeling. I don't peel or slice my potatoes before cooking them. The reason for this is threefold: Unpeeled and unsliced potatoes will absorb less water while being boiled, preserving the starch within the potato. Less water avoids a gluey, watery mash and allows the potatoes to absorb the dairy.

Likewise, how long do you boil potatoes for mashed potatoes question mark?

In large pot, bring water to boil then place potatoes chunks in water. Let cook in water for 10 minutes until fork tender. Carefully drain the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Using a potato masher or the back of a fork, mash the potatoes until desired consistency.

What are the best potatoes to make mashed potatoes?

Choose higher starch potatoes (like Russets or Yukon golds) for the fluffiest, smoothest mash. They also absorb flavorings more easily. Waxy potatoes (such as red or white varieties) require more mashing to become creamy, which could lead to the dreaded "potato paste."

How long does it take to boil a potato?

If you use cubed or small new potatoes then about 15 minutes in gently boiling water to quartered large potatoes that will take closer to 20–25 minutes. However, I would suggest putting the potatoes in cool water and then bring them to the boil. A longer process, but you will get better results.
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