Some interesting things that I didn’t know about cooking with potatoes:
- The salt water you use to boil potatoes (or pasta) should taste like sea water
- The trick to great potato salad is to mix your (non-mayonnaise) dressing in while it’s hot. The idea is to allow the potatoes to release steam, which will make room for the potatoes to re-absorb new moisture (i.e. your potato dressing) and add flavour. The potatoes should be cooked about 65-75% of the way (they will continue to cook when you take it out of the water).
- To make crispy french fries, you want to first blanch your potatoes in oil at 275 F to remove moisture from the potatoes, let them cool, and then fry them a second time at 375F