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Video of brilliant potato-peeling hack goes viral
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Kate Miano
11.03.21

Peeling potatoes can be arduous work. Sometimes the peeler will cut your skin or slice into your nails if you’re not being careful.

And if you’re making a potato-heavy dish like latkes or potato gratin, the peeling step can be especially aggravating.

Well, not anymore.

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There’s an alternative. The geniuses at Foody Tube have come up with a way to get the most out of your potatoes while also getting rid of the skin easily and safely.

Before you boil the potato, grab a knife.

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This might be the hardest part of this method, but at least you get it over with first thing.

And it’s actually pretty simple.

You need to grab a knife, and while it doesn’t have to be especially sharp, it does need to be able to pierce the skin a little bit.

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Holding your potato in one hand and the knife in the other, cut the skin of the potato in a spiral motion down the length of the potato. It’s confusing at first, but you’ll get the hang of it.

What’s most important is that you pierce the skin without slicing up the flesh and that you slide your knife all around the potato.

Then, you boil the potatoes as you would normally.

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If you are someone who likes to boil your potatoes after they’ve been peeled, this will be different for you.

But simply put the potatoes in hot water and boil them, including the skin, until they are cooked through and ready to eat.

The cook behind this hack explains why this method is better.

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Turns out, it’s not just for skipping the peeling process. Cooking potatoes this way can help change the flavor of your meal. He explains:

“By cooking the skin with the potato you actually infuse the potato with more flavor because most of the flavor of the potato is actually in the skin.”

Afterward, it’s time to take the skin off.

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While being careful not to burn yourself, take the cooked potatoes out of the hot water.

After letting the potato cool a bit, or getting gloves to protect yourself from heat, hold the potato in your hands.

You’re going to grip the potato with one hand and slide the skin off with the other hand. You’ll be amazed at how easily the skin comes right off the potato.

No peeling necessary.

This video is prompting praise, jokes, and alternative tips. This user compared this method to other potato peeling methods and noticed some benefits:

“I just tried it and it worked well, even with eyes. Much more flavour. I think I’ll do it this way from now on.”

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Of course, the humanity of potatoes is often forgotten, as one funny commenter reminds us:

“This is so much more humane than skinning the potato alive. Always boil them first, they don’t feel anything that way.”

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One person mentioned the nutritious benefits of potato skin:

“Better yet, don’t peel the potato at all and eat it whole! The skin has most of the plant’s micro-nutrients. Pretty much the same as the deal with eating full-grain rice instead of the bone-white variety”

While some people prefer potatoes with the skin, if you like skinless potatoes, this may become your go-to method.

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With its straightforward instructions and quick turnaround, you can be well on your way to cooking and eating all the potatoes you want.

It’s amazing that even with food as universal and classic as the potato, we’re still learning new ways of cooking them.

Watch the video to see the trick for yourself below!

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By Kate Miano
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Kate Miano is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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