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How to peel a potato!

Updated on June 17, 2013

Peeling: A Basic Skill for All Cooks!

How does one peel a potato?

You could recruit a bunch of sailors to do the dirty work for you! Don't you wish!

Traditionally, a potato is peeled like this:

1. rinse the raw potato; 2. grab a knife or peeler; 3. begin peeling using long strokes from the top to the bottom; 4. rinse the raw potato.

Peeling spuds is not one of my favorite things to do.

Why? Well, the first of all, the peels clog up a sink disposal so I have to either throw them in the garbage. (I do not have a compost.)

Also, my peeler is not comfortable to hold. It is just your basic inexpensive classic metal peeler.

And lastly, I like to leave the potato skins on because the peel gives a really great flavor to the cooked spud.

But, alas, one must peel vegetables or fruits at one time or another. It is a basic cooking skill.

Keep on reading this page to find out how to easily peel a potato--several methods are given. Also, you could just find a great recipe for those peeled spuds. FYI--nutritional information for the glorious tuber is also provided.

(Image of the sailors from the Library of Congress on Flickr.)

Nutrition Facts for a Potato:

No Fat IN a potato!

Important to notice:

  • 45% of the daily value for vitamin C

  • 620 mg potassium, comparable to bananas, spinach and broccoli

Image of the nutritional facts for a potato were found at Nutrition Data.

Learn two basic ways to peel a potato from one video! - It takes only 2.46 minutes to watch this potato peeling tutorial.

I love this video. It has several wonderful tips that I had forgotten. One of those tips is that you should put a peeled, uncooked potato in a bowl of water. A cook can keep the peeled potatoes in the fridge for several days and they will not turn brown.

Another thing I learned from this video is that cooking a whole potato with the skin on it keeps the potato from absorbing water. That makes it better for mashing! I knew I had a good reason for not peeling a spud.

Mashing those Peeled (or not) Potatoes! - Which one do you love to smash?

Various Potatoes
Various Potatoes

Did you know that all potatoes are not created equal? Actually all the varieties listed below are great for mashing (Cook's Thesaurus: Potatoes), but I know you have a favorite. Tell the world which one you like to take out your aggression on when you mash! Do you peel your potatoes before boiling them to mash?

Image from Wiki from user Fir2000 (you can click on the picture to go to the page.)

Which Potato is the best for mashing?

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Do you love to eat the skin? - Fiber and Nutrients anyone?

Potatoes with the skin on are an excellent source of fiber. With 2 grams of fiber per serving, a potato equals or exceeds that of many "whole" grain products like whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta and many cereals.

Were you told as a child that the majority of the nutrients in a potato were in the skin? I was! Guess what--they are not! In spite of this, leaving the skin on the potatoes helps to retain the nutrition in the spuds. I also think that cooking potatoes with the skin on makes them taste better!

Information from

Do you eat the skin of a baked or boiled potato?

Dawn Wells demonstrates her own way to peel a potato. - Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island shows us how to peel an Idaho potato!

I need a new potato peeling tool! - Help me decide which peeler to buy.

Since my potato peeler is not comfortable to use, I need to replace it. Please help me make a choice by voting the tools here up or down. Thanks.

Please leave a nice tip for peeling potatoes. Thanks for visiting this lens.

Do you think knowing how to peel a potato comes naturally to a cook? - What tip can you share about this skill?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I usually eat potato peels, because they apparently contain nutrients. However, when they must be peeled, I use the same method that Dawn shows. I learned that tip years and years ago when I was cooking in a restaurant.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Ah, Dawn Wells! Now that's the way to peel a potato!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I tried that Dawn Wells tip and it really worked great!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Miki- I agree, who knew there were so many ways to peel a potato I will take the sailors to do mine please :)