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15 Potato Hacks You'll Wish You'd Learned A Whole Lot Sooner

Never met a potato I didn't like.

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1. Save a ton of time by making baked potatoes in the microwave — instead of the oven or stove.

They're done in 5–6 minutes flat. After washing your potato, poke holes on every side using a fork and microwave it. When it's done heating, squeeze the side of your potato using an oven mitt, then cut and fill with your favorite toppings, like sour cream, bacon bits, or a sprinkle of salt. More here.

2. To quickly peel potatoes, run a sharp blade around the middle of your potatoes before boiling them.

After they're done and cooled, the outside layer should peel right off. It'll be a quicker and tidier process than trying to individually peel each potato using a peeler. Watch the tutorial here.

3. Make potato chips by slicing them on a mandolin and microwaving them for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

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Simply place the sliced potatoes on a piece of parchment paper and sprinkle with salt. Then microwave for 2.5 minutes. No oil required. More here.

4. Fry up potato slices and use them as an ingredient in a grilled cheese sandwich.


8. Make sweet potato gnocchi using a mix of mashed sweet potatoes and flour.

This recipe requires just sweet potatoes and flour to make the gnocchi, plus whatever sauce you want to top your pasta with. Recipe here.


9. Slice up sweet potatoes to make a nutritious alternative to toast.

10. Make croutons by chopping sweet potatoes into extra-small cubes and roasting them for an extra few minutes.


13. Make mashed potato cups and fill 'em with cheese.

14. Use leftover potato water to make gravy.

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Combine broth, a bit of water left over from boiling potatoes, and salt and pepper. Add half a tablespoon of cornstarch if you find that the broth needs a little more thickening.