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Help! Can you peel potatoes the night before, to save time tomorrow?

Started 1290645629.803 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1290688798.557 by SuziQ2

I have to peel 5 lbs. of potatoes tomorrow for mashed potatoes. Can I peel them tonight?? I heard you can, if you cover them with water in the fridge. But... will that remove the 'starch' or make them soggy? Also, do I dice them, or just put them in water whole??

Thank you!!

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LouisaKay1290645802.881769 PostsRegistered 12/17/2007

Yes, you can peel them tonight as long as you cover them with water.

You can also even totally prepare them (all through the "mash" stage -- then pop them in the microwave tomorrow or put them in a crock pot on hold to warm them up.

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punxsy1290645827.8682 PostsRegistered 10/18/2005

Librarian Jen, yes you can peel potatoes the night before. I just got done peeling about 7 al of them. Yes you can also cut them up if you like, as I do. I would not worry about them getting soggy for that period of time. What I do is, when time to cook them, I drain the old water out, add fresh, plus some salt if that is what you like, then start to boil them. I do this for most every holiday that I make mashed potatoes and they have come out fine. Hope this helps and Happy Thanksgiving

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Marlea Lee1290647380.7131024 PostsRegistered 3/10/2010

I ALWAYS peel and cube my potatoes to be boiled for mashed potatoes the night before Thanksgiving. I place the cubed potatoes in the pot I am going to use for boiling covered with cold water, with a lid, and let sit overnight in the fridge or on the side porch if the temps are in the low 40's or lower.

Before boiling on Thanksgiving Day, I will dump out the overnight water, add fresh water and sprinkling of salt, and then boil the potatoes. These little "ahead preps" save my sanity on Thanksgiving Day. :)

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bkgirl1290647710.217617 PostsRegistered 8/28/2007

I have my potatoes done already. If you go to allrecipes.com, you'll find some "make-ahead mashed potatoes" recipes that are excellent. Try it!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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jackthebear1290648263.1677370 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

YES, i do this every year, just be sure you have enough water to cover and keep cool, drain before cooking.

as for size doesnt really matter as long as all the pieces are more or less the same size for even cooking

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librarianj­en1290650072.9672573 PostsRegistered 11/5/2006

Thanks SO much everyone - I truly appreciate it!!!

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Shopper1290665091.193687 PostsRegistered 2/22/2006

I do that all the time, but I never drain the water, I just cook right in the same water. All those starches!


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Raider Fan1290676300.294508 PostsRegistered 8/11/2009SF Bay Area

If you are a purest as am I, you cannot do your potatoes ahead of time. I know about peeling them and then putting them in water. Not a good choice from what I have heard unless the water time is less than an hour. Really, how hard is it to just peel them, cook them, mash them and then... you can keep them warm. For me, it is the only way it really tastes great. Yes I am old and I also stuff my turkey and I make my gravy from my great grandmothers recipe which is really easy as long as I have one of my sons wisking while I am adding things. My Thanksgiving dinner is, I think, pretty much midwest. I was born and raised in the SF bay area as was my mother but her mother was from the St. Louis area. All I can say is that without all of the extras I do, everyone raves about my gravy and stuffing.

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stilltamn8r1290678924.8313953 PostsRegistered 6/14/2006So Cal

Has anyone used the pressure cooker to cook their peeled potatoes?

Do tell

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4uthebest1290683066.4533845 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009

I use the PC all the time to do the potatoes. If I am doing russets, I wash them and then put them in whole and when they are cooked, I simply squeeze out the non-skin into a container and put them through a foley food mill and complete the dish with the addition of the fats and spices..

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SuziQ21290688798.282572 PostsRegistered 9/18/2008

I peel and cook mine on Thanksgiving day. I think they are the best that way.

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SuziQ21290688798.5572572 PostsRegistered 9/18/2008

I peel and cook mine on Thanksgiving day. I think they are the best that way.

Chocolate; It's not just for breakfast anymore.

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