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Old 01-18-2017, 06:30 AM   #1
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Potatoes defy cooking

This has happened for the third time in about six months. For mashed potatoes, I dice a russet potato and boil for about 20 minutes, or until tender. NOT. 30 minutes, 40 minutes, 50? Are you kidding me? The potato will not get tender. I try to whip it, as usual, but it is grainy and tastes a little raw, "green". Imported potatoes? Anyone else in America have this problem?

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Old 01-18-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
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Not me, but I think I remember someone else posting a thread about this in the not too distant past if you want to search for it.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:35 AM   #3
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Did you cover the pot?
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:05 AM   #4
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I covered them
the last ten minutes to keep the moisture in.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:08 PM   #5
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:10 PM   #6
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That is strange, I've never had russets or golds not get fork tender when cooked for less than 20 minutes, for mashed potatoes or potato salad. Come to think of it, never had any new or fingerling potatoes not get fork tender in that same time frame.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:35 PM   #7
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I can boil any potato to tender in about 10 minutes. My problem is in the oven. Not baked they turn out fine. It's when I cut them, toss in oil and spices. I spread them on a cookie sheet. And they take forever to cook. Last time I did potatoes, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. The potatoes were hard as a rock and everything else was over cooked.
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I used to be married to a potatofarmer, they had been growing them for 5 generations , my exhusband was the odd one, he didnt grow potatoes.

They always told me, if a potato doesnt get soft when cooking is because it was picked before it was ready to be harvest. It isnt done growing.
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Old 01-18-2017, 12:57 PM   #9
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I can boil any potato to tender in about 10 minutes. My problem is in the oven. Not baked they turn out fine. It's when I cut them, toss in oil and spices. I spread them on a cookie sheet. And they take forever to cook. Last time I did potatoes, mushrooms, onions and green peppers. The potatoes were hard as a rock and everything else was over cooked.
Steam them first, either in the microwave or on the stove using a pot equipped with a steamer basket.
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I used to be married to a potatofarmer, they had been growing them for 5 generations , my exhusband was the odd one, he didnt grow potatoes.

They always told me, if a potato doesnt get soft when cooking is because it was picked before it was ready to be harvest. It isnt done growing.
I'm thinking this is the problem, hence the green taste.
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