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Old 06-03-2016, 10:54 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. That wasn't a trick question. They are definitely potatoes, from Lidl's, and the gas is definitely turned on. Maybe I'm cursed.

Ta anyway!
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:04 AM   #12
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. That wasn't a trick question. They are definitely potatoes, from Lidl's, and the gas is definitely turned on. Maybe I'm cursed.

Ta anyway!
Thanks for coming back to your thread YG82! Maybe just the potatoes are cursed and not you.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:22 AM   #13
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The heat might not have been hot enough. Did you boil them?


Did you cook them all at once or par cook and finish later? That sets the starch and they will be hard to soften.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:30 AM   #14
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The only reason I can think of for potatoes (or any vegetable, for that matter) not softening is that perhaps the liquid you are cooking them in is overly acidic, for instance if it contained vinegar or lemon juice.

This prevents the cell walls from breaking down properly.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:39 AM   #15
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I have seen this a few times in potatoes that were deprived of water while growing or stored too cold (almost frozen).


Another cause can be cooking them with acids which will inhibit softening. Sounds like you might have the first issue.


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Old 06-03-2016, 12:24 PM   #16
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Now I'm stumped.
Can you overnight a couple of these potatoes to me? I'd like to try cooking them here in LA using our tap water. Thanks!
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