How To Boil Potatoes

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It takes practice but it's easy when you know how to boil potatoes. Sadly less potato boiling happens nowadays as we eat more pasta, rice and jacket potatoes.
It's true there has to be more effort in peeling potatoes and boiling them than there is in popping a bag of rice into a pan of water. However learning how to boil potatoes will be worth all the effort involved as they are so tasty and even more so when mashed with a little milk or cream.

There are many varieties of potatoes in our supermarkets to choose from : it's just a matter of taste. King Edward, Maris Piper and Pentland Squires are all good choices but there are many others. In the UK the best season for new potatoes is May through to August ; however you can buy new potatoes at any time of year as they are imported from across the world.

Potatoes can be a good source of our daily vitamin C, so be careful not to overcook them. New potatoes should be cooked as soon as bought or at least within 48 hours to appreciate them at their best. Older potatoes can be stored for much longer as long as they are kept in a cool place.

How to boil potatoes

how to boil potatoes Step one
Peel the potatoes using a vegetable peeler. Don't use a knife as this takes away a thicker layer of the skin leaving less potato and taking away nutrients. Alternatively wash your potatoes using a vegetable scrubbing brush which will leave the skin with all those wonderful nutrients intact.

Step two
Depending on how large your potatoes are, cut them into halves or quarters. The larger the potato the longer it will take to boil.

Step three
Put your potatoes into a pan with water. Make sure all your potatoes are covered with water. Add a little salt to taste. If you can do without the salt it's a healthier option.

Step four
Put your pan onto the cooker and bring to the boil. When the water is boiling, turn down the heat. Cook for about 25 -30 minutes. New potatoes will only need 15-20 minutes. Test your potatoes are ready by pricking them with a knife. If the knife slides easily into the potato they are ready. If it still feels a little hard give them a bit longer to cook.

Step five and last step in how to boil potatoes
Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain the water away. Pour a little milk (about half a small cup, but this depends on how many potatoes you have in your pan) into the pan with the potatoes and mash them either with a potato masher or a hand whisk. I use a hand whisk as this makes them sooooo creamy. For a special treat add butter or cream instead of milk. Sometimes I add milk along with a spoon of butter which is just mmmmmm.
Now you know how to boil potatoes all you need to do is eat and enjoy them. But wait .... You can also part boil potatoes to make the perfect roast potato or French fries. Instead of boiling for 25 -30 minutes, reduce this time to 15 minutes then take them out of the pan and pat them dry with kitchen towel before putting into the oven or frying pan.

Potatoes can be a good source of our daily vitamin C so be careful not to overcook them. New potatoes should be cooked as soon as bought or at least within 48 hours to appreciate them at their best. Older potatoes can be stored for much longer as long as they are kept in a cool place.

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