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Old 01-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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Soaking potatoes overnight?

Can I peel and cut up my potatoes for Mashed the day before and just keep them in water?

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Old 01-27-2009, 09:46 AM   #2
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I've never done them the day before but I have done this 2 or 3 hours ahead of dinner time if I have a lot of other things to prep.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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If you do, do put them in water just to cover and add a TBS of white vinegar. This will prevent them from turning brown.
Before you cook them, dump that water and start with fresh, salted water.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:10 AM   #4
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I'm curious --- Why would you want to???
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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I have done that many times--I don't add any vinegar, just make sure they are totally covered with water--any potato that sticks out into the air will brown. Which won't hurt you--I read that browned potatoes are a higher source of vitamin C. As long as they are not all brown, they won't change the color of your mash, either.

Uncle Bob, I have done it for big family dinners--any thing I can do the day before is a good thing.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:05 PM   #6
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I have to cook for up to 70 people and will have no time to prep the day of. If I can peel and cut the potatoes the day before, this will be very helpfull.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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go for it!
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:04 AM   #8
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If you wanna cheat--use instant for about half the potatoes, real potatoes cooked and mashed for the rest. No one will know, and it will save you some peeling time.
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I hope you have better luck than I did with that. Mine turned out EXTRA soggy even after draining the boiling water off. I was trying to save time (as I think you are too) but personally, I would never do that again
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:24 AM   #10
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I do this too, from time to time. To remove some starch from them.
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