16 Types of Potatoes, ExplainedSkills
There are three main types of potatoes to choose from at the store: starchy, waxy, and those in between (which are referred to as “all-purpose”). The trick is knowing which potato works best in which circumstance. Consider this a user’s guide to the all the different types of potatoes you can think of. We break down which potato is best for baking, boiling, roasting, and more.Starchy potatoes are great for baking, frying, and mashing.
The 8 Best Potatoes for RoastingSkills
“It’s not always easy to figure out which potatoes to use for what,” writes Deborah Madison in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Some 25 years after the book was published, those words still ring true, especially when you consider the range of conventional and heirloom potato varieties available at supermarkets and farm stands. The best potatoes for roasting, baking, mashing, and frying aren’t always interchangeable.
3 Rules for Making the Absolute Best Mashed Potatoes
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Number two is a total game-changer.
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Mashed PotatoesSkills
For your best mashed potatoes yet.
Oct 19, 2023
We Tried 7 Ways of Storing Potatoes and the Winner Outlasted Them All For MonthsSkills
Here’s to the humble, dependable spud. It has to be one of the top kitchen staples of all time, loved for its versatility — giving us creamy mashes, comforting hashes, cheesy gratins, crisp fries, crunchy chips, fluffy bakes to load with butter and sour cream, and much more. We tend to take this kitchen stalwart for granted, stashing it in the pantry with little care and expecting it to be there at our beck and call. But that doesn’t always pan out.
Oct 16, 2023
5 Ways to Make a Meal Out of Frozen Hash BrownsSkills
Of all the ingredients in all the world, potatoes happen to be my favorite. Fried, mashed, and nestled under a roasting chicken, I love them no matter the preparation. I even love them frozen. And that’s because, when it comes to making a quick, filling snack, there’s no better item to have on hand than shredded hash browns. Frozen hash browns have chameleon-like properties. When fried or baked, they add a surprising pop of crunch to an otherwise texture-less dish.
May 1, 2023
What’s the Difference Between Scalloped and Au Gratin Potatoes?Skills
They're both comforting baked potatoes casseroles, but they're not one and the same.
Dec 10, 2022
Should Baked Potatoes Be Wrapped in Foil or Not?Skills
When we picture a baked potato, we picture it wrapped in shiny aluminum foil. Why is that? Because restaurants serve them that way? Because our parents did it? We think we must have done it out of habit, without knowing the reason. Not anymore… Some say wrapping baked potatoes in aluminum foil helps them cook faster (aluminum conducts heat, then traps it), and it does keep them hot for longer once they come out of the oven, which is why we think restaurants use this method.
Dec 9, 2022
Here’s a Foolproof Way to Prep Mashed Potatoes So They Reheat Perfectly SoftSkills
You really don't have to make mashed potatoes day-of for them to come out perfect.
Dec 9, 2022
This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Serve Potato ChipsSkills
A simple and clever way to bring your appetizers to the next level!
Nov 23, 2022
This Tool Will Give You the Fluffiest Mashed Potatoes Ever, Hands DownSkills
For years I had heard that the way to get the fluffiest, lightest mashed potatoes did not involve a masher, a wooden spoon, or (shudder) a food processor. The magical tool was a food mill. Last year I finally acquired one and I can say that the stories are true; for the lightest, fluffiest potatoes, a food mill is the way to go. I am a big fan of this food mill made by OXO. It’s dishwasher-safe, which is a major bonus when you’re talking about mashed potatoes and other purées.
Nov 15, 2022
How to Store Raw and Cooked Sweet PotatoesSkills
Make them last with our handy storage tips.
Oct 20, 2022
Can You Eat Potato Eyes?Skills
And what exactly are potato eyes, anyway?
Oct 13, 2022
These Are the Only Potatoes to Use for Fluffy Mashed PotatoesSkills
I grew up thinking that mashed potatoes came from the dehydrated flakes in a box. When I finally made my own from scratch, the result was such a revelation that I haven’t looked back since. But transforming a potato into the delicious, comforting magic of mashed potatoes really starts at the grocery store. You need to pick the right potato so you end up with light, fluffy mashed potatoes. There are three basic categories of potatoes: starchy, waxy, and in-between.
Oct 8, 2022
We Tried 7 Methods for Making Crispy Oven FriesSkills
The winner was absolutely perfect.
Sep 28, 2022
This Is the Fastest Way to Peel a Bunch of Potatoes at OnceSkills
Save yourself a lot of hassle by using this easy trick.
Sep 23, 2022
How to Freeze Potatoes So They Last for MonthsSkills
They'll be good as new even weeks later!
Sep 15, 2022
The Best Potatoes for Potato SaladSkills
Just remember waxy is better than starchy!
Sep 13, 2022
4 Storage Tips to Keep Potatoes Fresh for MonthsSkills
Yes, really, for months.
Sep 13, 2022
How To Freeze (and Heat Up) Twice-Baked PotatoesSkills
I like to think I have a pretty good sense of what will freeze well and what won’t. So you could have knocked me over with a spatula when I discovered, during prep for my recent freezer meal party, that twice-baked potatoes freeze beautifully and heat up perfectly. I had no idea! Twice-baked potatoes take a fair amount of work and time to make, but making them in bulk and freezing makes so much sense. Here’s how to freeze stuffed potatoes — they’re my new favorite lunch!
Sep 7, 2022
How To Make Mashed Potatoes for Just Two PeopleSkills
If you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just two, you can easily whip up mashed potatoes without making a Thanksgiving-sized pot-full.
Aug 11, 2022
What Are White Sweet Potatoes And Why Aren’t They Orange?Skills
If you’ve ever cut into a sweet potato and the flesh was white, you’re in for a treat. The flesh of sweet potatoes come in different colored hues including orange, purple, yellow or white. The term white sweet potato is used to describe any variety of sweet potato that has white flesh. The two most common white-fleshed sweet potatoes are Boniato, also called batata, or Cuban sweet potato, and the Japanese sweet potato, also called the satsuma-imo.
Jul 22, 2022
This Hack Will Keep Your Lean Meats from Sticking to Your Grill This SummerSkills
And you most likely already have what you need in your pantry.
Jul 12, 2022
Bobby Flay's Simple Trick for Superior Potato SaladSkills
Amp up the flavor!
May 28, 2022
Helpful Tip: Bake Up Some Sweet Potatoes!Skills
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a quick but filling and nutritious meal on a busy day. One thing I’ve learned to do is to tuck a few sweet potatoes into the oven whenever I’m baking something. That way, I have a head start on a delicious, nutritious meal, ready to go whenever I’m hungry but pressed for time. Read on for several suggestions for how to use a baked sweet potato.
May 12, 2022
This One Tip Helps You Cook the Sweetest Sweet PotatoesSkills
Getting the sweetest sweet potatoes isn’t about picking out the ripest or most promising potatoes in the bunch. Nope! Rather, a little culinary magic trick will transform your toughest tubers into delicious treats. Here’s how! If you like your sweet potato casserole extra sweet, all you have to do is bake the sweet potatoes low and slow! Raw sweet potatoes are mostly starchy fibers, but they also contain an enzyme that will break down the starch into sugar at certain temperatures.
May 12, 2022
Add This to the Water When Making Mashed Potatoes for the Creamiest Spuds EverSkills
This simple trick will seriously improve your mashed potatoes.
May 3, 2022
This Is the Secret to Getting the Fluffiest Baked Potato EverSkills
You won't even need a knife to make it happen.
Jan 24, 2022
We Tried 5 Methods for Baking Sweet Potatoes and the Winner Was So SimpleSkills
Perfect baked sweet potatoes await you.
Jan 23, 2022
This Simple Trick Will Help You Achieve Baked Potato PerfectionSkills
One step might surprise you.
Nov 10, 2021
How to Rescue Ruined Mashed PotatoesSkills
Whether your mashed potatoes are watery, lumpy, over-salted, or gluey, we'll show you how to fix them and make them delicious.
Nov 7, 2021
The Best Way to Meal-Prep Sweet Potato CubesSkills
Here's how to cook sweet potatoes so they hold their shape in salads and grain bowls instead of turning to mush.
Nov 7, 2021
John Legend’s Secret to Super-Crispy Roasted PotatoesSkills
Listen for the sizzle.
Sep 20, 2021
Making Fluffy Mashed Potatoes? Don’t Peel Before Boiling.Skills
Peeling is actually easier afterward: We'll show you how.
Jun 28, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Mashed Potatoes and Found a Clear Winner
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We looked at texture, taste, ease, and time to find the method mostly likely to lead to success.
Jun 21, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Baking a Potato and Found a Clear Winner
Skills Battle
We compared the time, texture, and taste of each method.
Jun 13, 2021
This Super Simple Trick Has Me Peeling Potatoes Faster Than EverSkills
This tip has almost 50,000 likes on TikTok.
Feb 17, 2021
A Former Line Cook’s Advice for Avoiding Gummy Mashed PotatoesSkills
They should be stick-to-your-ribs tasty, not stick-to-your-mouth gluey.
Jan 9, 2020
8 Brilliant Cooking Methods for Bacon, Potatoes, Eggs, and More from 2019
Best of 2019
Eight times our test kitchen went to the mat and came back with a clear winner.
Dec 24, 2019
The Old-School Secret to My Grandma’s Thanksgiving Mashed PotatoesSkills
It’s the sort of cooking tip that is sometimes frowned upon amid today’s predominant fresh-is-best philosophy.
Nov 20, 2019
6 Tips for Cooking *Much* Better PotatoesSkills
If your potato game is lagging, we can help.
Oct 17, 2019
Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time with Tyler Florence’s Super-Smart Tip
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Oct 11, 2019
How to Make Mashed Potatoes Even More Craveable
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Want to make your mashed potatoes really pop? Try a hint of nutmeg.
Sep 9, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Potato SaladSkills
No matter what your favorite potato salad style is, be sure to avoid these five common mistakes when making your next batch.
Jun 5, 2019
5 Ways to Make a Meal with Frozen PotatoesSkills
Frozen potatoes are one of my all-time favorite freezer staples. Unlike corn and strawberries, they’re aren’t just something I buy when potatoes are out of season (especially since potatoes, being well-adapted to long storage, don’t really ever go out of season). I keep diced potatoes in the freezer year-round for the convenience. They can be turned into a variety of different meals, and most of the time they can be used straight from the freezer.
Jun 5, 2019
A Kosher Deli’s Secret to Perfect Potato PancakesSkills
I always thought the key to the perfect potato pancake was hand-grating the potatoes and onion, as opposed to using a food processor. But Ben’s Best Kosher Deli says the real trick is using paper towels to soak up the excess liquid of the grated potato and onion. Put a double layer of paper towels together, and press down on the grated mixture, repeating a few times until a majority of the liquid has been removed.
May 24, 2019
The Surprising Secret to Authentic Greek Lemon PotatoesSkills
With a lemoniness that walks the line of almost being too tart without actually being so, creating authentic Greek lemon potatoes became an obsession of mine when I first moved to the Greek haven of Astoria, Queens. I marinated, roasted, and boiled the potatoes in a hefty amount of lemon juice, never happy with the subpar results. So when I started working on my cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport, I knew I had to delve into the secret of the lemon potatoes.
May 24, 2019
Jamie Oliver Has a Smart Tip for Perfect Roast PotatoesSkills
Roasting potatoes doesn’t seem like something that would require a degree from culinary school. Usually it’s a simple process of cleaning the spuds, dicing them, tossing them with oil and herbs, and then roasting them until they reach crispy perfection, right? Right. That’s what I thought too until I saw Jamie Oliver make his version, and I won’t lie — I learned more than a few tricks! Want to see how he makes the most magical roast potatoes?
May 24, 2019
What’s the Difference? Flour, Cornstarch, Potato Starch, and ArrowrootSkills
Last week, we talked about how starches are used to thicken sauces, puddings, pie fillings, and soups like the one above. This week, we’ll check out the different kinds of starches that get used in cooking and why you might choose to use one over the other…Starches can vary widely in terms of how quickly they thicken, how much they thicken, the quality of the thickening, and their flavor after thickening.
May 2, 2019
Weeknight Comfort: Making Mashed Potatoes a MealSkills
Can mashed potatoes really qualify as a meal by themselves? If you mix in enough other ingredients, we think they certainly can! Mashed potatoes are really just like polenta, rice, or any other starchy side, and they make the perfect foil for just about anything we have in the fridge. Here are a few of our favorites extras!We realized mashed potatoes could be a meal unto themselves when we got hungry while making a batch of Twice Baked Potatoes.
May 2, 2019
Why Potato Starch Is My Favorite Thickener for SoupsSkills
Since it’s Soup Week it seems like an appropriate time for a confession. I Sarah Trover am not a huge fan of soup. I’d much prefer a hearty bowl of stew or chowder, something with a little body, instead of a thin broth-based meal. That isn’t to say that thin or creamy soups aren’t tasty, but when given the choice, I’ll go for thick over clear and thin every time. Because of that, potato starch is my go-to thickener and — dare I say — my soup BFF.
May 2, 2019
Weird Yet Addictive Appetizer: Cottage Cheese & Potato ChipsSkills
I was floored when I opened up the April issue of Bon Appétit and read a confession from Andrew Knowlton, the BA Foodist, about his love of one of my own guilty pleasures: cottage cheese with potato chips. It’s a funny little snack that my husband often sets out when he has friends over — and even the most skeptical are always converted.What makes it so good? As I scoop yet another chip into the tub of cottage cheese, I often ask myself that same question.
May 2, 2019
Four Reasons Why Potato Buns RuleSkills
Ah, potato rolls. Those old-fashioned, reliable, slightly squishy American treasures are making a slow comeback, satisfying bread cravings beyond crusty baguettes or sourdough slices. I’ve long known about using potato in baked goods because my mom made us a chocolate cake for each and every birthday that was made with grated potatoes. She called it her “secret ingredient” and we soon realized not to reveal it to friends because it sounded pretty odd.
May 2, 2019
Potatoes: The New Quiche CrustSkills
You say potato, I say yes please. Fried, baked, and Hasselback’d, there are no shortage of recipes that feature this root vegetable. But just like space travel, there’s so much more territory to explore. As someone who must steer clear of most wheat and processed products, I’m always on the lookout for a substitute that adds crunch where croutons and toasted baguettes no longer can.
May 2, 2019
What Can I Make with Sweet Potato Flour?Skills
Q: What are some uses for sweet potato flour? Either sweet or savory. Curiosity got the better of me (for a change) and I brought sweet potato flour home but now I’m not sure what to do. Found a pancake and a crepe recipe, but still looking for more. Sent by Susana Editor: Readers, what do you make with sweet potato flour?
May 2, 2019