Potatoes

Making the Wedge

An apple slicer can make quick work of cutting potatoes into wedges. Cut the potatoes in half crosswise. Stand the potato half up on the cut end, then use the apple slicer to cut into wedges. Cook…

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Potato Chowder

A tasty potato chowder recipe can be very versatile. I like to use my potato chowder as a hearty base when making clam chowder and corn chowder. —Mary Jo Elam, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Potato Pointer

For 7 cups sliced peeled potatoes, you need roughly 3 pounds (about 9 medium) russet potatoes.

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Potato Pointers

When buying potatoes, look for those that are firm, well shaped and free of blemishes. Avoid potatoes that are wrinkled, cracked or sprouting. If kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place, most…

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Prevent Sprouting Potatoes

To keep potatoes from sprouting before I can use them, I put an apple in the bag with the potatoes. —Revena K., Prairie Village, Kansas

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Simple Scalloped Potatoes

When I make scalloped potatoes, I mix all the ingredients right in my greased baking dish. It's a great way to cut down on dirty dishes! —Wilma Stice, Canyon Lake, Texas

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Thickening Potato Dishes

Use instant potato flakes to thicken mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes. The dish will retain its homemade flavor. —Christine A., Crestline, Ohio

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Tip for Peeling Potatoes

I cut my potatoes in half before peeling. That way, if they’re bad inside, I know before going through the trouble of peeling them. —Judy B., Wall, New Jersey

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Use Russets for Mashed Potatoes

For the fluffiest mashed potatoes, use only russets and be careful not to overbeat. Cook just until tender; immediately drain and let stand uncovered for 1-2 minutes. While beating, slowly add…

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