Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Works For Me — Keeping Cut Potatoes From Getting Brown

Monday evening I needed to be able to cook dinner as soon as I got home from an appointment. One of the things I was going to prepare was fried potatoes, but I wasn't going to have time to cut them up once I got home without delaying dinner quite a bit.

So about 4:30 before we left the house I peeled and cut up my potatoes, and to keep them from getting brown I put them in a bowl of cold water. Then I put them in the refrigerator until I got home. They were there for about three hours. Here is what the bowl looked like as soon as I got home and took it out of the fridge:

You can't tell too much with the potatoes still in the water, but this is what the water looked like as soon as I took the potatoes out:

As yucky as that looks, my potatoes were sure still pretty. Here's what they looked like as soon as I put them in the hot pan:

As perfect as if I just cut them! I've done this before, but never when I've had to leave the house and leave them in the water that long. I'm glad to know that it works for more than just 30 minutes or so.

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Amy said...

I knew there had to be an easy way to do this! Thanks for the great tip.

Amy ~ The Salty Momma

Dutchnic said...

My mom used to peel potatoes the night before and keep them like that. They will even keep 2 days, if you change the water in between.

Mari said...

I've done them like that for a short while, but not for that long. Thanks! It's a good thing to know.

Betsy said...

Wow...what a great trip! That would be wonderful for mashed potatoes, too! It's true that the potatos can hold up dinner!

Muthering Heights said...

That's an awesome idea!!!

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