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How Long Do You Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad?

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These people are really idiots. If you want it chunky 15 - 17. if you want it smooth 20. (this is for Idaho or russet potatoes in particular) Cut your potatoes into appx. 3/4 inch cubes. Don't leave the skin on Idaho or russets or it will be like pieces of shoe leather in your potato salad. (I love potato skins otherwise). It might be fine to leave the skins on thin-skinned potatoes but I don't use those for potato salad.

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Well, I'm a widow and my wife always did the cooking, so I guess I'm an idiot. At least I'm not a condensending ass wipe.
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I agree with Littlebigman7 (about the condescending ass wipe!!!!! :)
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Using 2 lbs. (5-6 medium) potatoes, peel and cut into 3/4 in. chunks.Boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, simmer until potatoes are tender. Drain and cool.

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Potatoes for potato salad should be boiled whole with the skin on until they are still firm, but not hard. This takes about 30 minutes or less depending on the size of the potatoes used.

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I agree! I always boil them with the skin...for some reason it keeps it firm for when you peel it afterwards and then cut them in chunks. ^cody furgusons remark calling everyone idiots, in fact it seems he is the idiot for thinking that you really leave the skin on afterwards LOL anyways when I peel and cut them in half it gets mushy but with the skin on it stays firm. What I find really good in my last error was peeling and cutting and they were mushy and then I went back in and boiled some more with the skin. While that was boiling I cut up my other ingredients and when I was done mixing, I then peeled and cut up the rest and it was FABULOUS w/the firm chunks. The texture came out perfect with the mushy and firm chunks together!
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The time varies with the size of the potatoes and whether you want them firm or very soft, for mashing for example. But usually it will took you 20 to 25 minutes to ensure they are fully cooked.

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Generally this depends on whether you want a smooth, mashed potato salad or a potato salad with a bit of 'bite' in it. If you want a smooth potato salad, then boil the potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes or so. If you want a chunky potato salad, then parboil the potatoes for about 10 to 15 minutes.

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