Hey, I'm new here and glad to be part of a new community :)
I recently got into university and am looking for quicker ways to boil potatoes.
At the moment I know 3 ways, one is the usual where you put it in a cooking pot and let it boil submerged in water. The downfall of this method is we need to keep checking if it's done or not which takes up my already little free time.
The second is using the rice cooker I brought along from home, if I fill it up fully with water and put the potatoes (usually cut in half) inside and turn it on, after a few hours the cooker will automatically stop and the potatoes are ALWAYS perfectly boiled! The biggest downfall for this method is that it takes 2 (sometimes 3?) hours to cook just two big potatoes!
The third method which I sort of figured out myself was microwave cooking. I have bought a microwave friendly container and usually fill it up with water and put the potatoes in it. Then I just turn on the microwave for half an hour (just to be on the safe side, 20 minutes usually works too!) and I get beautifully soft potatoes which also aren't ever raw in the centre like they sometimes can be in the first method!
My main question is this: Is the third method (microwave) REALLY boiling the potato? I ask this because the water doesn't actually 'bubble' like it does otherwise, it just converts to steam! And somehow I have a feeling the potatoes taste a bit different. So is this method really boiling the potatoes or am I doing something wrong? I obviously prefer the third way as it takes 30 minutes and doesn't require ANY attention from me
Also, any other quicker and easier method also welcome :)
Thanks a lot in advance!