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Should one leave boiled potatoes in their hot water to keep them warm?

by Richard Stroh
(Cazenovia, NY)

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Should one leave boiled potatoes in their hot water to keep them warm?


Answer:

Hi Richard, boiled potatoes is one of the most popular ways of eating potatoes. To boil them, you will need to cook them for about 30 to 40 minutes. Actually, boiling is one of the easiest cooking methods and one of the fastest too. After boiling, it's a good idea to eat them as soon as they are ready to serve. But sometimes when they are ready something happens that we can't eat it at that moment.

If that's the case, there are many ways to keep potatoes warm after boiling.


About your question: Should you leave boiled potatoes in their water to keep them warm?

Of course you can but if your question is "should you", well not necessarily. In fact, the longer you keep potatoes warm, the softer and creamier they will become. That means they could be watery after some time. And watery potatoes means less flavor.



If you are preparing mashed potatoes, then you can leave them in their hot water a little longer so they become softer. On the other hand, if you boil potatoes to prepare a salad then is better to drain them off and let them cool for a few minutes. If you want to eat the potatoes later, then you can keep cooking them on low heat, as long as you don't leave them unattended. Remember to cover the pot.

Keeping boiled potatoes in their water after cooking for too long, let's say more than 1 hour, for example, it's not a good idea at all.


Tips to keep potatoes warmer

Instead of boiling potatoes cooking them in the stove, what about cooking them using a slow cooker? Slow cookers (also known as crock pots), are a great alternative to cook potatoes slowly, without loosing flavor. Potatoes are warm for a longer period of time without the worry of overcooking them. If you like to boil them anyway, them another idea is to put them on low heat (simmer) and cover the pot or saucepan.

Boiling potatoes is the first step to cook many other recipes, like the famous mashed potatoes.

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