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Old 12-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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Is it taking you longer to cook potatoes?

Is it taking you longer to cook potatoes?

I remember when medium sized potatoes were ready to eat after boiling them for 20-25 minutes.

When I lived in Arad, Israel, they could take up to 40 minutes and I wrote it off to the higher altitude even though it didn't make much sense.

Well today I cooked chicken and potatoes in the oven at 400F/200C/Gas 6 and the potatoes were cut into small pieces.

But after 45 minutes the potatoes were still hard although the chicken was already cooked.

I took the chicken out, and gave the potatoes another 20 minutes and they were edible but still not not soft inside.

The obvious answer is to par boil the potatoes but that doesn't answer my original question.

"Is it taking you longer to cook potatoes?".

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Old 12-04-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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A lot depends on the potato too. Waxy potatoes like reds and Yukon golds don't soften as much as a starchier potato like a russet (baking potato). Otherwise, altitude is the only other factor I can think of as long as the water is boiling. In the oven that's not an issue, just the potato.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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I haven't noticed anything. It's faster for me now because I moved from Denver at a mile above sea level to the Bahamas where my house is literally 20 feet above sea level. In Denver, water boils at 206° F., so it naturally takes longer.

We most often only have russet potatoes available, and they take about 10-15 minutes to boil, depending on what size I cut them to. I'll be using some new reds today in my stew beef, and I'm looking forward to the change from russet.

As Andy said, baking time in the oven isn't affected by altitude.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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It's taking me longer to do some things.
Boiling potatoes aint one of them.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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It's taking me longer to do some things.
Boiling potatoes aint one of them.
+1 That is sooo true
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:36 AM   #6
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Potatoes are taking so long to cook!

Not talking about the small new potatoes which cook very quickly but Russets that I bought yesterday and many other types before that.

I cut up potatoes into small chunks and put them into the oven along with some chicken to which I added lemon juice, garlic and honey.

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Oven temperature was set to 400°F/200°C /Gas 6 and the chicken thighs and legs were cooked after about 50 mins.

But the potatoes were still hard!

I gave them another 20 mins and they were edible but not soft inside.

I have noticed this problem with boiling them too.

Twenty minutes used to be OK but now I'm looking at maybe thirty five minutes or more.

I use an oven thermometer and the problem existed in Israel when I was there and in Lisbon where I'm now living.

Are the potatoes just old?

I remember taking fresh potatoes out of the garden and they were generally cooked in about 15 minutes.

Thanks for any replies,

Michael
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:33 AM   #7
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Altitude is the only other factor I can think of as long as the water is boiling. In the oven that's not an issue, just the potato.
I didn't know that, and will surf to see why that is so.

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Old 12-06-2013, 04:37 AM   #8
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I didn't know that, and will surf to see why that is so.

Thanks,

Michael
I realized before checking ;-)

Altitude affect the boiling point of water

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Old 12-06-2013, 08:48 AM   #10
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As a matter of fact last month I was cooking a 5 lbs of russet potatos and it seem like forever till they got done, then when the were fork tender pulled them out and mashed them, they seemed a little gummy, I then proceed to add the rest of my ingredients (I was making peroiges filling) and got the mixer out to mix everything together and all of sudden I had a bowl of play dough, one gooey sticky blob. I been doing perogies for years using the same amounts, pot of water, fillings of cheeses and cottage cheese. It shocked me. Threw it all out went to the store to buy more items and restarted it using the same ingredients and everything came out fine. I have no Idea why it happened. It was a first for me.
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