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Posted by  ·  January 5, 2010  ·  Last Updated: January 5, 2010

Have you seen this?  What a great way to peel a potato!

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  1. Monday, January 11th, 2010
    It looks pretty cool - but I just keep the skins on, for everything; mashed potatoes, potatoe salad, roasted potatoes. It's part lazy and past tasty and I'm sure there are good nutrients and stuff in the peel.
  2. Friday, January 8th, 2010
    I can't believe how fantastic MaryAnn looks!

    For Alicia who says it is wasteful to boil the potato for 15 minutes, don't forget that you are also cooking the potato! If you were going to boil the potato anyway then you are not wasting anything. I often do it this way when making potato salad. I cook until the potato is done (15-20 minutes) then take them out and let them cool a bit the pull the peels off. I actually think the potato tastes better when cooked in the peel! Don't forget to salt the water generously!

    If you like eggs in your potato salad, you can also boil the eggs right with the potatoes.

    There are no extra dirty dishes involved either. You would use a pot anyway to cook your potatoes and if you use an ice bath, the bowl isn't dirty, just rinse it out and put it in the drainer. I never use an ice bath though, I just let them cool a bit until I can stand to touch them!
  3. Rebecca
    Friday, January 8th, 2010
    Does this work with Sweet potatoes or yams, I wonder? Those are so hard to peel!
  4. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I've seen this before, and it is neat, but it's SO wasteful! Using water JUST to peel them, then the electricity or gas for boiling it for 15 minutes. Plus as Mary above commented, now extra dirty dishes. It's insane. I'd rather exert an absolutely minuscule amount of energy, and just peel them. I could have them peeled, diced, the peeler washed dried and put away, and the potatoes in the recipe in that 15 minutes.
  5. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    wow that's cool!
  6. Jessica
    Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    I feel embarassed that as an Idaho girl I didn't already know this trick! Idaho potatoes rock!
  7. Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
    That was awesome. I'll have to try that the next time I'm making mash potatoes! Thanks for the great find.
  8. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    That Really is Cool....shared this link on my blog

  9. Michelle N
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Thanks for sharing, I've never seen this. I know the potato won't be done cooking, but imagine cutting it up after it is peeled and putting it back into the already boiling water!
  10. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    This is so awesome! Someone is always thinking!
  11. Kim
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    I LOVE this idea !!! Sure could have used this idea over the holidays!! Thanks for sharing!
  12. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Are you kidding? I would love to have MaryAnn come over and peel my potatoes!
  13. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    I always peel my sweet potatoes like this, but I never thought to do a regular potato like this! Cool.
  14. Deby
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Cool way to peel potatoes! I will have to give that a try.
  15. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Tip about tomatoes also works with peaches. :)
  16. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    If only 15 year old me could have seen this video (did we have the internet then?), I wouldn't have removed so much skin from my fingers and hand. I don't know if I lacked focus or if they were sharper then, but looking at a potato peeler now is still a traumatic experience. Thanks!
  17. Allyson/@HBMomof2
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Cool trick and I knew, even as a child, that her and the professor had a thing. Heh.
  18. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    That is the way I peel tomatoes for canning, but I didn't think about trying it with potatoes. ( BTW, when peeling tomatoes you only dip them in the boiling water a minute or two. ) Here's another peeling tip I learned from my brother-in-law; peel a boiled egg with a teaspoon. Just break the shell by tapping egg on hard surface, lightly roll the egg on a cabinet top to crush the shell, insert the spoon between the shell and egg at one end and run it around. Voila! The shell slides off and leaves the egg in tact!
  19. Tracey
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Wow! Maryann looks GREAT! I loved Gilligan's Island! Oh, and that's a great tip for "peeling" potatoes!!
  20. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Wow! Why hasn't this information been around before now? Love it!
  21. Jaime
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Go Idaho!!!!
  22. mary
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    But now you have a dirty pot and bowl when you could've just had a dirty peeler. It's a cute trick, but I'll stick with my peeler.
  23. DJ
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    i have seen this...tried this and it works. who would of thought trying something new in place of the peeler ? also try cutting up hard squashes then roast in oven until just tender then quickly boil. pumpkin is amazing this way for freezing.
  24. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    She says it's for other potatoes, too, not just Idaho potatoes. But who woulda thunk it? Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island? Cool. :-)
  25. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    That is just brilliant! I hate peeling potatoes!
  26. Silvelaine
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Adorei esta técnica, muito prática e fácil...
    Quem sabe quando voltar a cozinhar não utilize essa nova forma de descascar batata?!
  27. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Coolio! May have to make potato soup for lunch now!
  28. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Does she boil it first? I guess I need to watch.
  29. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    OMG what a great tip! i will have to try it next time. but i rarely buy idaho potatoes cos they are too big for what i need it for... hmmmm
  30. Nicola
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    WOW that is so much easier. I can never get the potato peelers to work so I just use a knife....and end up taking 1/2 the potato off with the peel. lol
  31. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    very interesting..I have never seen this before..thanks for sharing it with us.
  32. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    no way. that is so cool! And why is Marianne doing Idaho Potato work. When will there be a reunion show? :)
  33. Chey
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    The best part is doing it this way will cut down on waste!!! It's so much effort to cut as little potato as possible when peeling. Great tip.... thanks for posting it!
  34. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    I love it. It's a great idea for people who have arthritis. Thanks.
  35. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    You can do the same thing with tomatoes, but I don't think you leave them in all that long.
  36. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    I have seen this. Awesome.
  37. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    wow that is neat! but i wonder if the potato is fully cooked at that point or if you have to put it in for more cooking?
  38. Sheila
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    Amazing! LOL
  39. Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
    ha, that is pretty cool. That's so much easier!