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  1. Much of the potatoes nutrients lie just under the skin so keep the skin on when you can.
  2. You’ve got better things to do with your time than peel potatoes. So leave the skin on, it’s healthier and tastes great!
  3. Save time by par cooking potatoes first and refrigerating until ready to cook.
  4. If peeling your potatoes, cut leftover skins in strips and brush with olive oil. Bake at 200 degrees until crispy. Season to taste and use as a snack with dip or crumble on soups or salad
  5. When cooking potatoes in the microwave, prick the potatoes with a fork, both sides. This allows the water content to evaporate and cook evenly.
  6. Add onion (cut in quarters) or clove of garlic to water for a subtle flavour, strain out when draining the water.
  7. Try olive oil for a healthier alternative.
  8. Always cut even size portions so the potatoes cook evenly.
  9. Prevent the darkening of a just peeled potato by cooking it immediately or placing it in cold water until ready to use.
  10. When cooking potatoes to use in potato salad, add a little vinegar to the water when boiling the potatoes. The vinegar causes the potatoes to form a thin crust, which helps them hold their shape.
  11. You can freeze any uncooked gnocchi for up to two months by sprinkling each piece with a little plain flour and placing in a single layer, in zip lock bags. When you’re ready, throw the frozen gnocchi straight into the rapidly boiling water.
  12. When making gnocchi, don’t boil the potatoes for too long – only cook them until just tender – otherwise the skin may split causing the flesh to become waterlogged, resulting in heavy, dense gnocchi.
  13. Always add the gnocchi into a pan of salted, boiling water, and allow them to float to the top before scooping out with a slotted spoon. This shouldn’t take more than 2-3 minutes, so keep a close eye on them from the moment they hit the water.
  14. If par cooking potatoes before roasting, remove excess moisture by returning potatoes to stove top to further evaporate any moisture.
  15. How to peel a potato with no peeler! After boiling the potato, put into cold water for 5 seconds. Twist the potato skin off with your hands — it should come right off.

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