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How to peel a potato.

Step-by-step:

  1. Score the skin all the way around.
  2. Boil the potato.
  3. Put it in ice water for 5–10 seconds.
  4. Pull the skin off at both ends.

Sprintcuts (previously mentioned) shows a variation. Differences:

  • They don’t mention the scoring step, which I suspect is essential to the clean break they show.
  • They say to put it in ice water for 5 seconds, whereas Howcast’s video says 10 seconds.
  • They appear to have scored it around the potato’s axis, rather than along it.

I think I prefer Sprintcuts’ method, but I haven’t tested either one.

Subscriber Ben suggested a whole bunch of Sprintcuts videos; as you can guess, this was one of them. More to come. Thanks, Ben!



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