I actually don't mind peeling potatoes (I find the process a bit therapeutic) — but then again, I'm usually only peeling a handful of them since I'm cooking for a small household of two. If you have to peel pounds upon pounds of potatoes for a large gathering (I'm looking at you, Thanksgiving), it can quickly take the better part of an hour.
But I know a little trick that will speed the process along. It's about to make your life a whole lot easier — I guarantee it.
Boil Unpeeled Potatoes First to Make Peeling a Breeze
It seems like common sense to peel potatoes before cooking them, right? Well, don't follow common sense. Instead, boil any type of potato (or par-boil them if you'll be cooking them later in soup) with their skins on. When the potatoes are tender, drain them and then let them cool for a few minutes until you're able to handle them (or hold them wrapped in a dish towel). Pull away at wherever the skin has begun to peel, or use a paring knife to slip the skin open. The rest of the skin should slide off easily.
The Benefits of Par-Boiled Potatoes
Boiling potatoes before you peel them has other benefits, too. The potatoes will absorb less water, ensuring they won't be gluey when mashed and that they'll absorb all that luscious dairy. Also, the peels contain a whole lot of earthy potato flavor, so you'll retain that goodness by following this method. It's a win-win-win all around.