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How to Peel Potatoes Without a Peeler

BY La Jolla Mom

Peeling a batch of potatoes to make potato salad or mashed potatoes is a hassle. You may have seen this video before. It’s entertaining because it’s Dawn Wells, better known as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island. Her method of peeling potatoes without a peeler must work since it’s on the home page of the official Idaho Potato website.

She scores the potato all the way around with a knife and then boils it. The potato is then dropped in ice water and swirled around for 10 seconds or so. Then voila, the skin comes off. Check out the video, it’s a little over a minute long.

How cool is that? I did an extensive internet search and can’t find any other method for peeling potatoes that doesn’t involve a peeler. Next time, I make a big batch of potato salad I’ll try it and report back.

So if you have a peeler, here’s what you’re supposed to do:

  1. Scrub the potato
  2. Hold it in one hand and the peeler in the other.
  3. Slant the peeler downward and slowly peel the skin off.
  4. Turn the potato around and peel the other side.
  5. Do the same with the top and bottom.
  6. Rinse with cold water.

I bet you all do that anyway.  The word on the street is also that basic potato peelers are better and waste less than some of the fancier versions.  Don’t forget that the skin is full of nutrients so eat it if you can.

Have a great weekend!

Photo credit: istockphoto/piotr_malczyk

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7 thoughts on “How to Peel Potatoes Without a Peeler

  1. Awesome 🙂 I just wash them & boil with the skin on. When they’re done you can peel it right off! 🙂 My favorite lazy way…lol

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