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Add Warm Ingredients to Mashed Potatoes

When I make mashed potatoes, I heat up the milk and butter before adding them. The potatoes stay hot this way. —Kimberly D., San Diego, California

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Baking Potatoes in Muffin Tin

When baking potatoes in the oven, I set them “end up” in a muffin tin. They can be removed from the oven all at once to check for doneness and easily dropped into a serving basket when ready. This…

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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving isn't complete without a bowl brimming with mashed potatoes. Here's a basic recipe that's simply delicious.

Peel and cube 6 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds). Place in a…

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Boil in a Bay Leaf

Shares Helen S. of Indianapolis, Indiana, “When I boil potatoes, I add a bay leaf and remove it when they’re done. Folks tell me how good they are.”

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Do You Know About Colcannon?

Colcannon - a combination of mashed potatoes and either cabbage or kale - is mostly associated with the harvest and its traditionally eaten in Ireland on Halloween.

Symbols of good fortune (a…

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Extra-Crispy French Fries

Many restaurants and fast-food chains cook their fries in two steps for extra crispness: Cut the potatoes into strips about 3/8 inch wide. Heat cooking oil to 375° and fry potatoes in small…

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Freezing Potatoes for Hash Browns

To freeze potatoes for hash browns, shred potatoes; hold in a bowl of cold water until all potatoes are shredded. Drain and blanch in boiling water about 3 minutes. Drain, rinse in cold water,…

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Hint for Boiling Potatoes

When boiling potatoes, drop a pea-size dab of margarine or butter into the water as it comes to a boil. It stops the foam that would otherwise boil over and make a mess. —Irene N., Tustin,…

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Jazz Up Mashed Potatoes

Add minced fresh chives, mayonnaise, garlic powder, pepper and bacon bits to your mashed potatoes for a special treat.

Add sliced green onions, blanched fresh corn, butter, pepper, salt and…

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Making Fried Potatoes

Comments Dorothy T. of Fort Meade, Florida, “My husband loves fried potatoes. For years, I’ve poured a little lemon juice on them before frying. They stay nice and white and have a lively taste we…

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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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