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How to Boil Potatoes

Potatoes are packed full of fiber and nutrients, so follow these simple steps to cook them up easily and effortlessly.


  • Step 1: Select potatoes Select the type and quantity of potato you enjoy. There are many varieties of potatoes to choose from including red, yellow, and white.
  • Step 2: Scrub potatoes Scrub the potatoes thoroughly with the brush to remove any dirt or impurities.
  • Step 3: Remove sprouts Remove the sprouts, or "eyes," with the knife, as well as any other green areas on the potatoes.
  • TIP: Cook the potatoes whole, or cut them into quarters or halves. The size of the potatoes or sections determines the length of cooking time and consistent size promotes even cooking.
  • Step 4: Add water Add enough cold water to the pot to cover the potatoes by one inch. Cover the pot with a lid, and put it over high heat until the water boils.
  • TIP: Add a generous pinch of salt to the water to season the potatoes.
  • Step 5: Boil potatoes Place the potatoes in the pot, and boil them over high heat until an inserted fork comes out clean. Cooking time ranges from 20 to 40 minutes.
  • Step 6: Drain water Drain the water from the potatoes through the colander and serve the potatoes plain or with your choice of seasonings and toppings.
  • FACT: Potato sprouts and the green skin of old, spoiled potatoes are poisonous.

You Will Need

  • Potatoes
  • A scrub brush
  • A knife
  • A pot with a lid
  • Cold water
  • A fork
  • A colander
  • Seasonings or toppings
  • Salt (optional)

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