This will save you so much time
Whether you’re making fries, mashed potatoes, a potato salad or some hash browns, boiling spuds is an inevitable part of cooking for some recipes. And usually it takes a while for these yellow guys to come to a boil. But did you know there are ways to speed up the process?
The size of the pot
Did you know the size of your pot influences the boiling time of the potato? Now you might think that the pot should be smaller. And that makes sense because a smaller pot means less water, so the water will boil faster. But that is not how it works in this case. If you choose a small pot, your potatoes will be cuddled up in the water. This causes them to mostly touch each other instead of the water they’re in. If you pick a pot that is bigger, your potatoes will be submerged in the boiling hot water causing them to be done faster.
Another tip is to use boiling water instead of cold water. If you use water that has already been boiled in the electric kettle, you won’t have to wait for the water to boil inside of the pot. So when the pot is big enough and the water is already boiling hot, your potatoes will be done in no time at all! If you want all your potatoes to be done at the same moment, you should make sure that all of them are equal in size otherwise the smaller ones will be done before the big ones. So cut the big ones in half.
One last tip: if all you need is parboiled potatoes, you can use the microwave to do that for you. Poke some holes in the potato with a fork and put them in the microwave for two minutes. After the two minutes are up, flip the potatoes over and heat them for another two minutes. That saves you a lot of time!
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