This Is the Fastest Way to Peel a Bunch of Potatoes at Once

updated Sep 23, 2022
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Credit: Joe Lingeman

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), the task 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.

The Best Way to Peel Potatoes

The best way to peel potatoes may seem counterintuitive, but it makes the process faster and easier. The answer? Boil them! It seems like common sense to peel potatoes before cooking them, right? Well, don’t follow common sense, in this case at least. Follow these steps on how to boil potatoes.

1. Boil unpeeled potatoes. Add the potatoes (whole and with the skin on) to a large pot of lightly salted cool water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat slightly to a light simmer.

2. Drain and cool. 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.

3. Peel with ease. 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.

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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. Plus, potato peels contain a whole lot of earthy potato flavor, which you’ll retain by following this method. It’s a win-win-win all around.

8 Recipes to Use Your Perfectly Peeled Potatoes

There are countless ways to put your peeled potatoes to use in soups, sides, and more. Here, eight of our favorite recipes that call for peeled potatoes.