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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you boil the water before adding the potatoes?

For most potato dishes it’s important to add the potatoes to cold water and allow the water to come to a boil with the potatoes in the water.  The potato starch can react as soon as it comes in contact with hot water, which will promote uneven cooking and mealy potatoes.  Starting them in cold water allows the potatoes to come up to temperature gently.  In fact, the water should never really boil, you will want to bring the water to a simmer and gently cook the potatoes for the best texture.

For most potato dishes it’s important to add the potatoes to cold water and allow the water to come to a boil with the potatoes in the water.  The potato starch can react as soon as it comes in contact with hot water, which will promote uneven cooking and mealy potatoes.  Starting them in cold water allows the potatoes to come up to temperature gently.  In fact, the water should never really boil, you will want to bring the water to a simmer and gently cook the potatoes for the best texture.

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