Boiling potatoes in their skins (Slideshow version)

Boiling potatoes in their skins : Photo of step #26


Boiling potatoes has given rise to two sayings:

1) You should not peel potatoes before boiling.

2) You should not leave potatoes to cool in the cooking water.

The first suggests that potatoes should be always cooked in their skins, to prevent water penetrating and making the potatoes go soft and break up.

The second suggests that if potatoes cool in their cooking water, they will absorb some of it, which will give them an unpleasant flavour.

True or false? Let's try the experiment...

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