There are a number of different ways to cook potatoes.
Here are a 4 important notes to keep in mind when preparing potatoes for cooking.
1. Potatoes for recipes like fries, mashed, roasted, etc. can be cut and soaked in water up to two days before. Rinsing the potatoes before cooking helps remove excess starch which can improve the texture and mouthfeel of many potato dishes.
2. Sometimes potatoes that are cut and uncooked take on a pinkish or brownish discoloration. It’s due to the carbohydrate in the food reacting with oxygen in the air. Potatoes that become discolored are safe to eat and do not need to be thrown out. The color usually disappears with cooking.
3. Preserve the color of cut potatoes by storing them in cold water and add lemon juice or a little vinegar. Limit water soaking to two hours to retain water-soluble vitamins.
4. If there is slight greening, cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating.