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Life Hacks, That Actually Work ~ How to Peel Potatoes Really Fast!

How to Peel Potatoes Really Fast!

So I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new kitchen hacks to try that will help save time. Lately I’ve been seeing this post on Facebook, on how to peel potatoes really fast.

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Potatoes in a bowl with water

If you’re anything like me, you find that task extremely annoying. I don’t know if it’s because of my vision or what, but I’d honestly go without potatoes if I could. Unfortunately,  it’s like a staple in this house hold. I won’t lie, sometimes I buy the instant and try to pass it off as mashed just because I hate peeling the potatoes so much!

Well, this Facebook sensation post claimed you can easily peel potatoes in seconds! So here we go! We’ll give it a try.

  • Step one– Grab your potatoes and give them a wash.
  • Step two– Place your pot of water on the burner and bring it to a boil.
  • Step three- Throw them in whole with the skins on! I usually let them bowl for about 5-8 minutes, just until the outsides are starting to feel a bit soft.  Now the trick is to not have them TOO soft or else this next step will be impossible! (Trust me it happened to me, the fell apart in my hands!)
  • Step four– As your potatoes are bowling, grab a big bowl and fill it with cold water. I also added a bunch of ice cubes. I placed my potatoes in a few at a time and waited about 2-3 minutes.
  • Step Five– The next step is to just pick up the potato and rub it in your hands. The skin literally just rubs off and the end result is the cleanest potatoes ever! (Maybe its just me but I usually miss a bunch of skins.)

Then just cut them up or throw them back in whole, into the boiling water again until cooked!  HOLY COW IT WORKED!

YouTube video

It’s definitely not rocket science but man, it is so easy. This is defiantly how I cook and peel my potatoes now! For me, it really took all the nuisance and hassle out of it.

Being visually impaired, and a mom in general, I love finding things that just help me do things a bit better. It may not be for you, but it’s a fun and easier way for me to get a huge pot of potatoes done a lot quicker.

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How to Peel Potatoes Really Fast!

Are there any other little kitchen hacks out there that you’ve tried? If so send them on my way!

Until next time,


Beyond Seeing with Courtney
Beyond Seeing with Courtneyhttps://www.facebook.com/BeyondSeeingWithCourtney
A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. Thanks for this. I will check it out next time I peel potatoes. Usually I just leave the skins on, even for mashed. More nutrients in the outer layer of potatoes.

  2. Thanks for sharing . I will give this a try. For new potatoes I always just wash and leave the skins on as I like them that way.

  3. I’ve never heard of this before, though I must admit I never peel the nice small new potatoes. I just boil them with the skins cleaned and then the little sweeties just pop out of their skins easily.

  4. This is very cool! Did you know you can get the skins off of almonds this same way? Put almonds in a big bowl, cover with boiling water and let sit for about 5 – 10 min, dump out the hot water and add cold. The skins pop off and kids love to do it!

  5. Well I hate peeling potatoes too, I will think of different sides till hubby will get mad and want his taters..lol so I’m going to give this a try next time I do potatoes, thanks for sharing!!

  6. What a great idea!I’m going to have to try this, especially with those little potatoes that are so time consuming to peel!


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