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How far in advance can I cut my potatoes?

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by DebBrown, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. DebBrown

    DebBrown TUG Lifetime Member

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    Yes... I need cooking advice. I seem to remember that you can cut potatoes and keep them in cold water so that they don't darken. Can I do that for 24 hours? I don't want to spend Christmas morning chopping potatoes and carrots for dinner. If I can get them ready today, it would make me happy.

    Deb
     
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    DebBrown TUG Lifetime Member

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    Thanks! I'm still wondering if it is good for overnight but it seems there is no time limit.

    Deb
     
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    i peel and cut the potatoes the night before and put them in a pot with cold water to cover them and leave overnight. never had a problem.

    also this is a suggestion i picked up form some cooking website that i have never tried but will in the future.. it says that you can actually mash the potatoes up to 2 hours before the dinner is ready and keep them in a slow cooker on either warm or low setting. like i said i have NOT tried this yet but will in the future.
     
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    I usually put a plate in the top of the bowl to hold the potatoes under the water or some will float and turn brown.
     
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    I peel and cut mine the night before, cover with water, cover the pot, and refrigerate, and they come out great - no problem with discoloring. I also get them ready an hour or 2 before dinner and keep them warm in a crockpot on low - just stir before serving.
     
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    has anyone heard of already mashed, ready to eat potatoes? They are marvelous without any of the work!
     
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    They definitely get my vote!

    And if I were going to make homemade ones, I'd make them a day or so before and reheat them in the microwave, perhaps adding a bit of chicken broth or water and some butter and fluffing them with a fork.
     
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    I did this at Thanksgiving and it's a great idea!
     
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    Mine are ready to eat but in the crockpot usually 4 hours before serving.

    On Thanksgiving, the potatoes are the very first thing I complete once the bird is in the oven. Keeping them in the crockpot saves a lot of effort and timing hassles at serving time. The spuds are ready any time you are.
     
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    You can actually cook & mash your potatoes the day before, put them in the frig, bring them out to warm to room temp a bit, put them in the crockpot on low for up to 8 hours and they will be great. Be sure to allow enough time for them to warm up before dinner. I'd say several hours in the crockpot, stirring once in a while.

    This has been one of the best time-saving secrets I've discovered over the years.
     
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    Thanks for the crock pot tip...I will do that today!
     
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    Christmas Spuds.

    I just now peeled & eyed 10 lbs. of potatoes, which are now sitting in 2 large pots of cold water waiting for the actual cooking portion of Christmas dinner preparation to begin later on today.

    I could have peeled'm last night, but that would have been showing off.

    Merry Christmas, everybody.

    -- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA. ​
     
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    AwayWeGo TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Christmas Mashed Potatoes -- Same As Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes.

    The Chief Of Staff boiled the bejabbers out of'm, then ran'm through her outstanding Kitchen Aid mixer, adding plenty of hot evaporated milk & softened butter to make'm come out nice & creamy, plus a little salt & pepper to bring out the flavor.

    Yum.

    -- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA. ​
     
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    Mine were in the crock pot for 3 hours before we ate - turned out great.
    Thanks for the tip!
     

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