How to Boil Potatoes

There are numerous ways of cooking potatoes, one of which is by boiling them. By learning how to boil potatoes, people can learn one of the fastest, cheapest and easiest ways to cook such simple, nutritious and delicious ingredient. Not only will they save time, but also gas, electricity and money as well. In addition, people can serve them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Get at least a pound or two of fresh potatoes. Wash them thoroughly. Remove soil and dirt by using a scrubbing brush specifically designed for vegetables. Do not use soap as it may contain harsh contaminants and ingredients not suitable for eating. Rinse properly. Use a knife to take out darkened and hardened spots. This step is very important particularly for those who are trying to make mashed potatoes.

Slowly and gently, remove the peel off potatoes. Rinse to remove remaining dirt. Slice them into smaller pieces or simply leave them as whole. Either way is possible. Get a nice clean pot. Put the skinned potatoes inside it. Pour in some water until the level reaches half of the pot. For every quart of water, simply put in a teaspoon of salt.

Turn the stove on and set it to medium high heat. Put the pot on top of it and then cover. Wait until the water reaches boiling point. Smaller variants usually take at least 10 to 15 minutes to finish. Meanwhile, medium-size variants take around 20 to 25 minutes to boil. On the other hand, larger variants may take 35 to 45 minutes to finish.

After this, get one of the potatoes inside the pot. Use a knife to check if they are done. When the knife goes through them easily, they are ready for serving. The length of time in cooking varies depending on the size, freshness and number of items being cooked. According to cooking experts, fresher variants cook easier and taste better than old stocks.

Additional Tips and Information

Before boiling the potatoes, let them stand first under water for a few minutes. In doing so, they will absorb water. This will eventually facilitate the cooking process. In addition, be sure not to overcook them as they may end up being too soft or mushy, which are not very good to eat. While boiling, the potatoes can go either with or without their skins. Both will eventually do, depending on what works best for the one who is cooking.