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When you cook potatoes of any form, do you peel them, or do you cook/eat them with the skin?

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I do a mixture -for chips I now generally leave the skin on whether I dry fry or fry in oil, however if I am having mashed potatoes or something similar, and I boil the potatoes, I generally peel them first.

The exception to this is potato salad when I boil them and use the skin.
by Finy
That depends on what I'm going to do with them, how much of a hurry I'm in, and what I feel like doing.
More often than not I cook baby potatoes, which are cooked with the skin on.
lost times I leave the skin on.but when I am making mashed potatoes I tend to peel them before cooking them!It is basically how I learned from my parents.
I HATE peeling potatoes...so I will generally leave the skin on, even for mashed spud (although I also hate mashing so don't do it very often!). My partner usually peels them.
Depends how I'm cooking them. I always peel for mashed potatoes, but love the crispy skin when they are baked. I buy organic potatoes, so wash the dirt off first, then cut to bake. The skins have lots of minerals in them from the ground they're grown in.
Only for potatoe salad, they (?) reckon the goodness is in the skin to a large degree, is this true I wonder?
by Fran
I believe that is partly true Yllow, however my son (who is a horticulturalist -sp?) told me that the worst foods for poison soaking in are root vegetables and particularly potatoes! Also apples which are not a root vegetable.
dont know how true this is also
by Finy
by AJ
I 99% of the time leave the skin on
by AJ
Depends. Mash no, most other things - yes
I peel them for mash but otherwise I leave the skin on.
I leave the skin on mine, then cook.

I don't buy the ones with soil on them, just the White and Pink skinned potatoes.
I wash them with a rough scouring pad which takes the skin off.
by Gia
Skin on for good health.
Peel em except for lovely little chat potatoes or new potatoes which i splather with butter and a tiny pinch of salt - oh how I could eat a large soup bowl full of those slippery little suckers right now.
depends on what I am cooking, peel them for mashed, skin on for jacket potatoes, skin off for chips .
Agree, flaga, plus skin off for Roasted Potatoes! Cheers!
by donjo
Always peel them for mash and baking. Exceptions are leave on for German potato salad then peel skin off when cool enough to handle, and when using Chats where I open up, butter and salt and pepper them, or a good dollop of sour cream instead, and seasoned of course. When dry frying them, add chopped bacon to pan as well.
Always peel them for mash and baking. Exceptions are leave on for German potato salad then peel skin off when cool enough to handle, and when using Chats where I open up, butter and salt and pepper them, or a good dollop of sour cream instead, and seasoned of course. When dry frying them, add chopped bacon to pan as well.
Small, pre-washed spuds, skin on. They get steamed or boiled. Served with sour cream, or cottage cheese.

Spuds with soil on, which I always buy, get peeled for every cooking method.

As others have said, it depends on the application. Skins on for baked and skins off for creamy mash or crispy chips. I actually don't buy them any more as we diabetics are supposed to steer clear of them. (insert curse word here) As a Pom, I would eat them every day if I could :((
by Rice
I leave the skins on, as often as possible. I don't cook chips, baked potatoes or potatoes in the jackets. I've given up buying the ones with the mud on them.
by Miro
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