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How long do you boil a potatoe

asked by Jamaal,Hardwick about 4 years ago

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Merrill Stubbs

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added about 4 years ago

If you're cooking small potatoes, or if you cut larger potatoes into 1-2-inch chunks, they should take 15-20 minutes once you've brought the water to a simmer. Start with the potatoes in cold water, and don't forget to salt the water!

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 4 years ago

Merrill, why do you start the potatoes in cold water? I know to do this but have never thought to ask why until just now.

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added about 4 years ago

To cook them evenly. If you put them in boiling water the outside will over cook before the interior cooks.

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Kristen W.

Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.

added about 4 years ago

Ah, thanks.

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Reiney

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added about 4 years ago

Beyond the guidance above - "until they're done". Test by inserting the tip of a knife. If the potato sticks to the knife, it's not cooked. If it falls off after 5-6 seconds resistance it's par-boiled (almost there), if it falls away after a second or two you're almost perfect, and if it doesn't stick at all it's well done to overcooked.

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