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Why boil potatoes rather than steam?

I am wondering why the basic method for cooking potatoes for mashed potatoes, potato salad, etc. is to boil them. Why not steam?

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Helen's All Night Diner added over 2 years ago

I find that steaming keeps the potatoes firmer. For mashed, you want them nice and soft, so boiling is better. FYI - I always steam my potatoes for potato salad. I'll typically use red or yukon gold potatoes for salad...

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