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Old 03-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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Dicing potatoes for potato salad, etc.

What's the quickest way to dice potatoes, any tool to speed this up, or just be fast with a knife? I'm trying to be more efficient in the kitchen and get things done quicker.

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Old 03-13-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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You could get one of these.

I peel the potato and cut it into slices the thickness of the dice I want. Then I cut the slices into sticks of the same thickness. Then I cut the sticks into cubes. You can do each step in multiples. e.g. stack 2 or 3 slices to cut sticks and 3-4 sticks to make cubes, etc.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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Diane, I'm not aware of any tool that will dice your cooked potatoes for potato salad, etc. One thing I have learned over the years is that if I dip my knife in a glass of water between slicing, the knife will move through the potato easier.

Another method you might try is to cube the potatoes before cooking, then steaming them until they are as tender as you want. I've done it this way and it's a decent way to cook them. However, I much prefer the cook first and cube later method.

I've had many years of practice when it comes to chopping, mincing and dicing, so I never really have any challenge with it anymore.

Whichever method you choose, the best way to make things go safely, smoothly and quickly is to be sure you have a good, sharp knife to use. A dull knife is unsafe and will make your job take longer than necessary.
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Old 03-13-2008, 12:31 PM   #4
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If you are going to use a device like Andy linked, then you need to cook your potatoes then leave them in the fridge for a day. If you try to do it while the taters are still warm there will some mashing involved. But if they are cold, they will dice up nice. I have a Vidalia Chop Wizard and using the large cubes they come out nice. You will need to at least cut your taters in half before dicing or you end up with french fries instead of cubes.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:45 PM   #5
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Get yourself a good mandoline.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:10 PM   #6
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I think I'll stick with cooking them first since taste is #1 priority so I'll try the french fry chopper and see if that's faster. I have a straight blade de Buyer mandoline. It won't slice tomatoes (I guess because it's not a V shaped blade) so it might not do soft cooked potatoes either but it can't hurt to try one, but if it does, that would be great. I hope it does.

Thanks for all ideas and comments. If these two experiments don't work, I'll stick with chopping them with the knife after cooked. I've been doing what Andy M. does.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:10 PM   #7
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I just went to food show and they had awesome food processor for only $1500.00 Wow. it diced in 3 or 4 diferent sizes, no preslicing nothing.
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Old 03-13-2008, 10:04 PM   #8
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For $1500.00 Charlie it should make me a martini, go to the store for the spuds, pick up something nice to go with them, come back, make me another martini, peel the taters, do the other prep work, cook dinner, uncork the wine, serve the dinner, do the dishes, and pour a nice after dinner drink.

I hope you ordered two. LOL
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:12 AM   #9
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What's the quickest way to dice potatoes, any tool to speed this up, or just be fast with a knife? I'm trying to be more efficient in the kitchen and get things done quicker.

Diane

Check out Pamper Chef. I have a dicer from them that works great.
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Old 03-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #10
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You could always opt for sliced potatoes in potato salad. Tastes just the same and you can run them through a food processor.

for dicing, you could use one of these.
French Fry Cutter - 3/8in. Sq. Cut - Heavy Duty Cast Body - Cast Iron Handle & S.S. Trough

I will stick to my knife..
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