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post #1 of 28
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Hello all, 

Some chef friends and cooks have been debating the proper method of preparing mashed potatoes.  In it self there is a million ways to make mashed potatoes, but we are debating to peel or not to peel?  I think the proper method is to peel the potato.  If it is a red skin or a gold I would keep skin on no problem.  But the Idahos have such a tough skin.  I feel you should always peel.  What does everyone think. 

Thanks!

post #2 of 28

Personally I hate peel in my mashed potatoes but that is a strictly personal preference.  It does not mean peel is wrong.  Like you said, there's a million and one ways to mash a potato as simple as boiling and mashing, but can be as complicated as using a chinois.  

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post #3 of 28
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Hello all, 



Some chef friends and cooks have been debating the proper method of preparing mashed potatoes.  In it self there is a million ways to make mashed potatoes, but we are debating to peel or not to peel?  I think the proper method is to peel the potato.  If it is a red skin or a gold I would keep skin on no problem.  But the Idahos have such a tough skin.  I feel you should always peel.  What does everyone think. 



Thanks!


 



born and raised in Idaho, i had to have potatoes for dinner every night, well my dad had to, so i have had potatoes dang near every way possible. Reds i like the texture and flavor of the skin and sometimes russet also, most of the time i peel Yukon and russets and leave the skin on the reds, but i have seen in Ramsays kitchen he leaves the skin on, boils them,then peels of the skin before ricing per order.
post #4 of 28

In always liked eating the peels, be them red,   yellow or whatever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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post #5 of 28

Mashed is pretty much the only time I peel.  Just had some hash browns for lunch, peels and all.

 

Actually I take that back.  I often leave the peels in when it is just me, but always peel for guests.  Mostly a visual thing.

 

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post #6 of 28

Peel on usually, tasty and nutritious.

post #7 of 28

Sorry Idaho's do not the best mashed make

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Sorry Idaho's do not the best mashed make

 

and the best mashed potatoes are made with _____________________

post #9 of 28

We think the skins are the best part of any potato;  haven't peeled one in forty years.;)

 

Saved a lot of time, too.

 

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post #10 of 28

Usually more nutirents are found at the outer 'layer' of both potatos and lettuces.

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post #11 of 28
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and the best mashed potatoes are made with _____________________


Rattes!

 

Boiled in the skin, then peeled and "diluted" with an equal amount of butter. Ask Mr. Purée de patates himself; Joël Robuchon.

post #12 of 28

Commercially a potato called a Chef Special, they have a bit more moisture then Idaho's. Idaho's are by far the best for baking as their inside seem more fluffy, when baked correctly.

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post #13 of 28

I pretty much use russets for everything... cuts down on how many potatoes I need to keep in the pantry.

post #14 of 28

Bake em.  They lose their moisture and the flavor is concentrated. It also gives more room  for butter and cream!

post #15 of 28
I think baked russets that are then mashed and mixed with butter and topped with chives are out of this world but they have to be piping hot. If they cool down they get gummy.

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post #16 of 28

My favorite use for leftover mashed is grate in some onion, add S&P if needed, mix in just enough beaten egg to make them softer(not quite to pancake batter stage, concussion is making it hard for me to find words). Saute in butter or bacon fat(or olive oil if you are a health nut) in small patties until golden brown on each side.

post #17 of 28

Mary what happened?

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post #18 of 28

Kid slowed for a stop then ran it, I t-boned a 4wd pickup in my little Chevy Aveo at 40mph. Totaled my car, I was unconscious for 5 minutes or more. No hospital but I am hurting, right wrist where I bent the shifter in the car forward an inch, neck, I have 2 compressed discs, and head where I bent the door frame up an inch. Happened Nov 3rd. Hasn't been a fun month! Memory loss, search for the right words at times, non-stop headaches...

 

post #19 of 28

Sorry to hear about your accident. Make sure to get everything checked out healh wise for it may come to haunt you in the future.

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post #20 of 28

CT scans of brain and so far just an xray of the neck, doc wants me to try PT before a CT of the neck. Have a lawyer, I am losing money on my business of laser engraving, suffering every day with pain...

post #21 of 28
Mary, please get a second opinion before you start manipulating that c-spine injury.
Yeah it may be just a muscle spasm but may be something far worse.
An MRI of your brain and entire spine with and without contrast (dye) would be usual and customary for anyone with your injuries and residual complaints.
Just advice I would give a family member or close friend.

mimi
post #22 of 28

Oh Mary, what a terrible thing!  I hope you recover fully and that you do attend to your injuries.  Stupid stupid kid!!

 

If I may, I have had some chronic injuries and pain that have plagued me in recent years.  The only relief I have found has been at the hands of an osteopathic doctor.  Please do not go to a chiropractor, if you want more information about the gentle wonders of osteopathy I am happy to share my experiences on PM.  For many people it is a last option but I can guarantee you that it is the safest and gentlest form of medicine.

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post #23 of 28

At the mercy of medicare and what they cover unless I pay cash up front and get reimbursed from my no fault insurance. And I can't do MRI's have metal in my shoulder. Neck X-ray showed nothing broken, just slight compression at c5/6 and c6/7. Not to worried about anything more than maybe a ruptured disc/compressed disc. Have those in my lower back so no biggie other than they hurt/will be an ongoing medical issue from here on out..

 

If anyone has safeco insurance I would drop them fast. That is what the kid had and it has been a non-stop fight with them for everything. They canceled the rental car 5 times and it took my lawyer making threats to get it extended. They canceled it again last wed leaving me without a car to get anywhere. Supposedly the check for my car is "in the mail" yeah I believe that. Totally unprofessional and jerks on the phone.

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At the mercy of medicare and what they cover unless I pay cash up front and get reimbursed from my no fault insurance. And I can't do MRI's have metal in my shoulder. Neck X-ray showed nothing broken, just slight compression at c5/6 and c6/7. Not to worried about anything more than maybe a ruptured disc/compressed disc. Have those in my lower back so no biggie other than they hurt/will be an ongoing medical issue from here on out..

 

If anyone has safeco insurance I would drop them fast. That is what the kid had and it has been a non-stop fight with them for everything. They canceled the rental car 5 times and it took my lawyer making threats to get it extended. They canceled it again last wed leaving me without a car to get anywhere. Supposedly the check for my car is "in the mail" yeah I believe that. Totally unprofessional and jerks on the phone.


I am a former chiropractor and you/your lawyer should go after everything they can get out of the other guys insurance and the other driver as well.  You have EDIT sustained very serious biomechanical defects, c5/6 and c6/7 discs, that may lead to permanent nerve compression and other chronic problems.  You have suffered from neurologic deficits.  Only time will tell if non-invasive measures or surgery will provide relief. 

 

You need to consult with either a competent chiropractor or a neurologist.  I mean it.

 

YOU HAVE SUFFERED A SEVERE, SEVERE WHIPLASH INJURY.


Edited by kokopuffs - 12/1/13 at 4:04pm

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post #25 of 28

My doctor is aware of this, she is always conservative to start and will ramp up treatment as needed. I am at the point where I don't see PT helping and am going to suggest a neck CT and a neurologist visit.

post #26 of 28

The conservative doctor is a dying breed.

Breath of fresh air to find one in these lawsuit plagued times.

Neuro is a great start!

 

Take care....

 

mimi


Edited by flipflopgirl - 12/3/13 at 6:42am
post #27 of 28

Sorry to hear of your accident Mary... although calling something an accident when someone is at fault is a bit of a misnomer isn't it? I agree with koko.. sue the ever living #$%& out of them, not because it is profitable but because it is deserved if you have been injured. I was in an accident in my early twenties, girl pulled out in front of me and I hit her going around 40.. I didn't sue because.. well.. I didn't think it was right to sue unless I was maimed. Little did I know that I'd suffer the consequences for the rest of my life. I don't dwell on it, but if it happened today I'd sure as hell get every penny I could.

post #28 of 28

Oh I am going after them for the max we can get, I have over a month missing from my life so far, and a month of missed promoting my business.

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