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How To Peel Potatoes

Fast, easy and ready in just minutes, knowing how to peel potatoes is important for many recipes! You’ll be making mashed potatoes, potato salad and all kinds of great recipes once you know the secrets!

peeled potato and skin

How to Peel Potatoes Easily

Step by Step

  1. Wash the potato well.
  2. Remove any eyes they may have grown out a little.
  3. Use a peeler or a knife to remove the skin.
  4. Rinse again.
  5. Cut the potato for your final purpose!

Fast, easy and ready in just minutes, knowing how to peel potatoes is important for many recipes!

Peel Potatoes Fast!

peeled potato on board
  • Potatoes
  • Peeler or Sharp Knife (small knife works best)
  • Other obvious things: sink, trashcan or compost bin

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What Kind of Potatoes Can I Peel?

Peeling potatoes this way works with any kind of potato! Isn’t that great news?

Is It Easier to Peel a Potato After Boiling?

You can so this after boiling, however, you have to wait until it cools and that is a problem for many recipes. Peeling before boiling allows you to use the potato immediately while it is hot. Peeling before boiling also allows you to cut it into smaller pieces for faster boiling.

Do You Soak a Potato Before Peeling?

There is no need to soak a potato before peeling, but you do need to wash the vegetable and rub off any little eyes that may have grown out.

Can I Peel A Potato Without A Peeler?

Yes! Simply use a sharp small knife ( paring knife).

What Potatoes Need to Be Peeled?

Baking potatoes and Russet Potatoes which have a thicker skin need to be peeled for things like mashed potatoes and potato salad. Thinner skin ones like red potatoes or goldens do not need to have the skin removed for most purposes.

cut up potato on cutting board

Tips and Tricks

  • Larger taters are easier to work with because they have less curves, don’t be discouraged with smaller potatoes, just keep working.
  • You can do this with a small knife. Make SURE that your knife is very sharp because attempting this with a dull knife is dangerous and likely to end with cuts.
  • Washing the vegetable before starting to work is imperative because as you work, any lingering dirt is likely to end up on the flesh.
  • Once you have finished, you can cut it up for boiling or cooking. Smaller pieces of potatoes cook faster.
  • If you prefer to boil whole potatoes (particularly russet potatoes), once the potato is boiled and cooled, you can slip the skin off easily.

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How to Peel Potatoes

Fast, easy and ready in just minutes, knowing how to peel potatoes is important for many recipes! You’ll be making mashed potatoes, potato salad and all kinds of great recipes once you know the secrets!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to peel potatoes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 0 minutes
peeling time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 Potato russet, red, yellow gold, baking, any type of potato

Instructions

  • Wash the potato under running water. Rub off any eyes that have begun to grow out of the potato skin.
  • Use a peeler or small sharp kitchen knife to remove the skin of the potato. Leave as much of the potato flesh as possible.
  • Use the potato for whatever recipe you need. Best for boiling.

Notes

  • Larger potatoes are easier to peel because they have less curves, don’t be discouraged with smaller potatoes, just keep working.
  • You can peel a potato with a small knife.
  • Make SURE that your knife is very sharp because attempting to peel a potato with a dull knife is dangerous and likely to end with cuts.
  • Washing the potato before starting to peel is imperative because as you peel, any lingering dirt on the potato is likely to end up on the peeled flesh.
  • Once you have peeled the potato, you can cut it up for boiling or cooking. Smaller pieces of potatoes cook faster. If you prefer to boil whole potatoes (particularly russet potatoes), once the potato is boiled and cooled, you can slip the skin off easily.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Peel Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 897mg26%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin C 42mg51%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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