How To Cook Potatoes Using A Stovetop – A Great Alternative To The Crowded Kitchen
Learning how to cook potatoes is as easy as ABC. As long as they are fresh they are good to go. The only exception would be if they are older and have lost their crispness. Unless that is the intention, then there really is no reason not to enjoy a nice, big, ripe, warm, and delicious potato.
If they are crisp, just drain off the insides and slice into half-inch pieces. If they are soft, cover loosely with aluminum foil and allow to steam until they are almost dry. Then remove them from the pan and place them directly on a baking sheet. Never place them in the oven or any other hot appliance!
If your potatoes are slightly brown but not completely crisp, place them in the oven directly on the baking sheet. Bake for approximately ten minutes. Turn them over and bake for an additional ten minutes.
Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Peel off any brown or yellowed spots on the skin and slice into half-inch pieces.
How to cook potatoes: place washed potatoes into a large pan filled with cold water. Add about three-eighths of a cup of white cooking water and dissolve the salt in it by adding a pinch of salt. The potatoes should take about five minutes to begin to soften up. Check them frequently during this time to ensure they are not sticking. When they are soft, add a fourth of a cup of dry cooking wine.
How to cook potatoes: place washed potatoes into a large pan filled with boiling water. Add one tablespoon of butter to the mix, along with about two tablespoons of dried thyme, a quarter teaspoon of coarse sea salt, and two-thirds of a cup of very dry milk. Bring to a boil, and wait until the water starts to simmer. Cover loosely and continue to simmer for approximately fifteen minutes.
How to cook potatoes: Once potatoes are done, carefully cover them with aluminum foil.
Place them in the oven and bake at 300 degrees for approximately three hours. Remove the foil and let cool. Unroll the piece of foil and cut it into fourths, which are the sizes of the potatoes.
A very simple way to add a great deal of flavor to potatoes is to puree them with some light liquid such as cream or milk. A simple way to do this is by using a food processor. Simply process the potatoes until they are a smooth consistency. Pureed potatoes can also be added to soups and stews for a delicious treat.
These are just a few suggestions of how to cook potatoes. Because potatoes come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes, the ways to add flavor and color can be quite surprising. You don’t have to buy expensive ingredients or spend hours in the kitchen. Many simple grocery stores carry a large selection of potatoes that can be used in potato recipes.
If you have small potatoes that you would like to eat raw, simply cut them into wedges. When cooking them the use a pressure cooker to steam the potatoes.
Allowing the moisture to escape through the skin. This can be done both inside and outside the oven and will produce slightly crunchier potato pieces.
Another way to make potatoes more tender is to let them sit on the heat unattended. Heat waves will naturally bring softer pieces of potatoes to the boil, but it can sometimes damage even the best tasting potatoes. This same rule applies to cooking potatoes using the oven. Allow them to sit for the appropriate amount of time between each batch. If you find that the potatoes are becoming soft, add a little more water to soften the starch.
A great trick for making potatoes more tender when cooking them over low heat is to brown the potatoes before adding them to the pan.
The browned pieces of butter give the potatoes a more robust flavor but do not brown so much that they become mushy. Instead, brown the outer edge of the piece of butter. Do not forget to turn the burner off once the butter is done. The butter will likely burn if you attempt to continue cooking it in low heat.
Cooking potatoes on the stovetop is perhaps one of my most favorite ways of preparing them. They come out just as tasty, if not better than they did when they were still on the cob in your backyard. If you can resist the high temperatures, this method of cooking is great for the whole family. Just remember to keep your eye on the flame and to use a real oven thermometer. Cooking potatoes over medium heat may take longer, but it is worth it when you taste the tender, browned potatoes that have been cooked on the stovetop.