Potatoes can be peeled the night before mashing them. Peeling, slicing and soaking them in cold water overnight will reduce the starch content, which is a benefit for some people. Others prefer to leave the starch in so the potatoes turn out fluffier. After being soaked, peeled potatoes should be cooked in fresh water and drained before being mashed.
Some people leave the skin on when making mashed potatoes and call them "smashed" potatoes. Others find the color of the potatoes they use enhances this dish. For example, Yukon gold potatoes have a rich, buttery hue that some people find appealing. Yukon potatoes are high in starch.Learn More
Potatoes reproduce from the eyes that grow out of existing potatoes. A portion of the potato containing the eye is cut off and planted, then the eye produces a new plant and multiple potatoes.Full Answer >
Sweet potatoes, which are root vegetables, and yams, which are tubers, are two types of herbaceous perennial vines that come from two different plant families native to different locations. Sweet potatoes and yams differ in size, taste, texture and nutritional content.Full Answer >
Soak raw potatoes in water for several hours when they are left sitting out without any harmful effects, or soak them overnight as long as they are refrigerated. Soaking raw potatoes in water helps to remove amylose, which is the starch molecule responsible for giving mashed potatoes a paste-like texture. The potatoes must be cut into small, 1-inch pieces to remove a significant amount of the starch.Full Answer >
Potatoes can be frozen by following a few handy steps. Prior to freezing, briefly scald the potatoes in hot water or steam. This process, called blanching, preserves the color, flavor and texture of the potato.Full Answer >