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Cooking New Potatoes

by Donna Rau
(St. Louis, MO)

How to remove the center of the potato skin?
I have new potatoes. Do I peel or boil first when I want a band of red skin at top and another one at the bottom?


Answer:

Hello Donna,

First of all you should rinse your new red potatoes and carefully use a vegetable brush, if you have one, under the water at the kitchen sink to get rid of any soil that might be inside any cavity on the surface of the potato.



If you don't have the brush then rub some salt over the root vegetable and rinse completely.

Which should be done before, boil or skin the center?

Because you indicated that they are new potatoes it means that the skin is quite thin compared to the thicker skin of regular ones like a medium size Russet for example and tend to be more fragile. The reason for that is that these young potatoes are not fully developed (but can still be consumed anyways).

In your case it would be more convenient to boil the potatoes and wait for them just a bit to have a lower temperature since that makes them have a harder texture. Then with a small knife slowly cut 2 rounds of the potato skin only, so that the center can be peeled off without breaking the top and bottom skins. Remove the skin of the center while leaving both of the ends intact.

Alternatively, in the situation that you don't have much time you can do it the other way around but is more risky.

You can slowly peel the center of the potatoes first and then boil them with a bit of salt but is very crucial to be aware that you shouldn't let them boil more time than needed because that could cause the potatoes to easily break up apart since they wouldn't have the whole skin to keep the flesh together.

Also keep in mind that when you boil red potatoes the skin color tends to be less intense compared to when they are raw.

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