How To Peel A Boiled Potato In Seconds Using Just Your Hands

Published March 1, 2015 1,258,810 Views

Rumble / Life HacksIt is one of those kitchen chores you would much rather skip altogether, rather than having to suffer through it. We all love good mashed potatoes, especially during the winter months; that soft, creamy texture, it is too much to avoid. But to make a decent amount of mash, you need an even more decent amount of potatoes and they all have to be peeled before they will unite as one glorious side dish with butter and cream…oh, the torment!

What if there was a way to remove the skin from the boiled potatoes in one swift movement so that you can jump to mashing those glorious bulbs together quicker. Well, there is and it is so dang simple, you will, without a doubt, ask yourself - why didn’t I think of this sooner?!

Basically, all you need to do it is your hands. That’s right, this little trick can be done with just the two hands of yours and the ten digits on them.

Before you cook the potatoes, it takes a simple prep step. Score each potato down the middle with a small sharp knife, then place them in cold water and bring it to a boil. Cook the potatoes until a knife goes through the potatoes with ease.

After you have cooked your veg, prepare an ice bath by putting about a cup of ice in a bowl of cold water. Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes from the pot and dunk them in the ice. This will prevent them from cooking further.

Now for the magic bit; after you have left the potatoes in the ice for some 10 seconds, pick them up with your hands and tug on the ends. The scoring you made previously will make the skin literally slide off the flesh. How amazing is that!

Now get mashing! Make sure your potatoes don’t look like this though, because they will make a bad mash.


  • LucianHodoboc, 2 years ago

    I don't have cubes of ice...

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