The difference between regular potatoes and new potatoes is the time they mature in the soil. If you harvest potatoes before they mature fully, you will have tender "new" potatoes. Many people prefer new potatoes because they have a thinner and more tender skin than more mature potatoes. When you prepare these potatoes, remove the skins to leave the white insides. Boil skinned new potatoes for a flavourful, savoury side dish.
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Things you need
- 4-qt. pot
- Vegetable brush
- Vegetable peeler
Fill the pot approximately halfway with cool water.
Place the new potatoes into the colander and rinse them with water.
Scrub the new potatoes gently with the vegetable brush. Because the skins of new potatoes are very thin, be careful not to scrub too hard or you may damage the skins.
Use the vegetable peeler to remove the new potato skins. A vegetable peeler can be difficult to use to remove regular potato skins, but new potato skins are thinner, making it easier to a vegetable peeler. Rub the blade of the vegetable peeler over the potatoes to remove just the skins without removing the flesh of the potato.
Place each peeled new potato directly into the pot of water, making sure the peeled potatoes stay beneath the surface of the water. If peeled potatoes stay exposed to air, they will darken.
Boil the potatoes in the pot until they feel soft and then remove the pot from the hob. Drain the potatoes immediately.
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