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Old December 24, 2008, 12:13 PM   #1
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How far in advance can I cut my potatoes?

Yes... I need cooking advice. I seem to remember that you can cut potatoes and keep them in cold water so that they don't darken. Can I do that for 24 hours? I don't want to spend Christmas morning chopping potatoes and carrots for dinner. If I can get them ready today, it would make me happy.

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Old December 24, 2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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Here's advice on that very subject.

http://askville.amazon.com/potatoes-...uestId=5210531
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Old December 24, 2008, 12:46 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'm still wondering if it is good for overnight but it seems there is no time limit.

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Old December 24, 2008, 01:02 PM   #4
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i peel and cut the potatoes the night before and put them in a pot with cold water to cover them and leave overnight. never had a problem.

also this is a suggestion i picked up form some cooking website that i have never tried but will in the future.. it says that you can actually mash the potatoes up to 2 hours before the dinner is ready and keep them in a slow cooker on either warm or low setting. like i said i have NOT tried this yet but will in the future.
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Old December 24, 2008, 01:11 PM   #5
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I usually put a plate in the top of the bowl to hold the potatoes under the water or some will float and turn brown.
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Old December 24, 2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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I peel and cut mine the night before, cover with water, cover the pot, and refrigerate, and they come out great - no problem with discoloring. I also get them ready an hour or 2 before dinner and keep them warm in a crockpot on low - just stir before serving.
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Old December 24, 2008, 08:43 PM   #7
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has anyone heard of already mashed, ready to eat potatoes? They are marvelous without any of the work!
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has anyone heard of already mashed, ready to eat potatoes? They are marvelous without any of the work!
They definitely get my vote!

And if I were going to make homemade ones, I'd make them a day or so before and reheat them in the microwave, perhaps adding a bit of chicken broth or water and some butter and fluffing them with a fork.
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I also get them ready an hour or 2 before dinner and keep them warm in a crockpot on low - just stir before serving.
I did this at Thanksgiving and it's a great idea!
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Old December 24, 2008, 11:39 PM   #10
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Mine are ready to eat but in the crockpot usually 4 hours before serving.

On Thanksgiving, the potatoes are the very first thing I complete once the bird is in the oven. Keeping them in the crockpot saves a lot of effort and timing hassles at serving time. The spuds are ready any time you are.
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Old December 25, 2008, 01:07 AM   #11
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You can actually cook & mash your potatoes the day before, put them in the frig, bring them out to warm to room temp a bit, put them in the crockpot on low for up to 8 hours and they will be great. Be sure to allow enough time for them to warm up before dinner. I'd say several hours in the crockpot, stirring once in a while.

This has been one of the best time-saving secrets I've discovered over the years.
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Old December 25, 2008, 08:42 AM   #12
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Thanks for the crock pot tip...I will do that today!
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Christmas Spuds.

I just now peeled & eyed 10 lbs. of potatoes, which are now sitting in 2 large pots of cold water waiting for the actual cooking portion of Christmas dinner preparation to begin later on today.

I could have peeled'm last night, but that would have been showing off.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

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Christmas Mashed Potatoes -- Same As Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes.

The Chief Of Staff boiled the bejabbers out of'm, then ran'm through her outstanding Kitchen Aid mixer, adding plenty of hot evaporated milk & softened butter to make'm come out nice & creamy, plus a little salt & pepper to bring out the flavor.

Yum.

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Mine were in the crock pot for 3 hours before we ate - turned out great.
Thanks for the tip!
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