How to peel potatoes

How to peel potatoes

Certain recipes such as mash potatoes, boiled potatoes and roasted potatoes demand the absence of the lovely skin.

Find out how to strip your potato skins smoothly and with ease in several effective methods, some of which you may not have heard before.

The manual approach

The ideal utensil for the peeling task is of course a proper potato peeler – they’re really simple and easy to use. It’s just a case of placing the blade at the base of the spud and sliding it up to the top being sure the peeler is moving away from you rather than towards you – just for safety! If you clear this within one motion then you’ll end up with a silkier edge and not a jagged cut. Repeat this process around the surface of the spud being sure to iron out the dark spots which can run fairly deep into the flesh – just go over these patches a few times.

Don’t worry if you’re not equipped with a peeler! You can use the kitchen knife just as well – you can start by nestling the potatoes on top of a chopping board and cutting one end off of each spud. This allows the potato to stand up on the flat surface making the peeling process a little easier to carry out. Glide the knife down the edge from top to toe grazing the surface and taking as little of the white flesh as possible. Just spin the spud and repeat the process until you have a completely smooth potato. 

Using the pan

Although the manual approach is a commonly used technique, there are many other ways to peel your spud smoothly including using the cooking process. Score your potatoes and drop them into a large pan of water, bring to the boil and leave for roughly 15 minutes. Whilst this is bubbling, prepare another pan of cold water and place the spuds in after so you can handle them. Then in one satisfying swoop you’ll find the skins slide off to a delicate touch.

As far as cooking skills go, boiling potatoes is not perhaps the most adventurous, but what they lack in glamour they more than make up for in versatility and usefulness! Whether you’re boiling some up for a salad or serving as a simple side-dish with garlic butter, you’ll want to make sure you get them just right!

There’s not much better out there than a roast potato that strikes the perfect balance between a crispy outside and fluffy, piping hot inside. An essential part of any roast, getting your spuds spot on can make or break the meal so make sure to follow these tips on how to make roast potatoes shine every time.

Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious.