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?

  • Posted by: Morgan
  • November 8, 2011
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Helen's A. November 8, 2011
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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