Traditional Idaho Mashers

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  1. jojosaute

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    Hello all, 

    Some chef friends and cooks have been debating the proper method of preparing mashed potatoes.  In it self there is a million ways to make mashed potatoes, but we are debating to peel or not to peel?  I think the proper method is to peel the potato.  If it is a red skin or a gold I would keep skin on no problem.  But the Idahos have such a tough skin.  I feel you should always peel.  What does everyone think. 

    Thanks!
     
  2. koukouvagia

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    Personally I hate peel in my mashed potatoes but that is a strictly personal preference.  It does not mean peel is wrong.  Like you said, there's a million and one ways to mash a potato as simple as boiling and mashing, but can be as complicated as using a chinois.  
     
  3. chefsluggo

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    born and raised in Idaho, i had to have potatoes for dinner every night, well my dad had to, so i have had potatoes dang near every way possible. Reds i like the texture and flavor of the skin and sometimes russet also, most of the time i peel Yukon and russets and leave the skin on the reds, but i have seen in Ramsays kitchen he leaves the skin on, boils them,then peels of the skin before ricing per order.
     
  4. kokopuffs

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    In always liked eating the peels, be them red,   yellow or whatever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  5. teamfat

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    Mashed is pretty much the only time I peel.  Just had some hash browns for lunch, peels and all.

    Actually I take that back.  I often leave the peels in when it is just me, but always peel for guests.  Mostly a visual thing.

    mjb.
     
  6. maryb

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    Peel on usually, tasty and nutritious.
     
  7. chefedb

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    Sorry Idaho's do not the best mashed make
     
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  8. dillbert

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    and the best mashed potatoes are made with _____________________
     
  9. mikelm

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    We think the skins are the best part of any potato;  haven't peeled one in forty years./img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif

    Saved a lot of time, too.

    Mike
     
  10. kokopuffs

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    Usually more nutirents are found at the outer 'layer' of both potatos and lettuces.
     
  11. chrisbelgium

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    Rattes!

    Boiled in the skin, then peeled and "diluted" with an equal amount of butter. Ask Mr. Purée de patates himself; Joël Robuchon.
     
  12. chefedb

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    Commercially a potato called a Chef Special, they have a bit more moisture then Idaho's. Idaho's are by far the best for baking as their inside seem more fluffy, when baked correctly.
     
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  13. maryb

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    I pretty much use russets for everything... cuts down on how many potatoes I need to keep in the pantry.
     
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    Bake em.  They lose their moisture and the flavor is concentrated. It also gives more room  for butter and cream!
     
  15. koukouvagia

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    I think baked russets that are then mashed and mixed with butter and topped with chives are out of this world but they have to be piping hot. If they cool down they get gummy.
     
  16. maryb

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    My favorite use for leftover mashed is grate in some onion, add S&P if needed, mix in just enough beaten egg to make them softer(not quite to pancake batter stage, concussion is making it hard for me to find words). Saute in butter or bacon fat(or olive oil if you are a health nut) in small patties until golden brown on each side.
     
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    Mary what happened?
     
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    Sorry to hear about your accident. Make sure to get everything checked out healh wise for it may come to haunt you in the future.
     
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