How To Peel Potatoes Fast


    We all love food, don’t we? Eating good food is a delight for the taste buds. But if you are a homemaker, the efforts that go into cooking a wholesome, fulfilling meal for your family can at times be exhausting; and if you have to do it daily, it just becomes all the more boring.

    Moreover, if you are someone who works, cooking is the last thing you want to do when you get back home. You want to make a meal as soon as possible, eat and rest. The peeling, cutting, slicing, and chopping required for every meal seems like a task.

    Also, peeling a handful of vegetables/fruits may not be as hectic as peeling pounds upon pounds of them. You may host a party and the pile of potatoes that need peeling for dinner may take up a lot of your time.

    We, in this article, are going to help make this daunting task a little simpler for you. We are going to outline a few ways to peel potatoes as fast as you can to reduce your meal prep time.

    1. Boil the Potatoes:

    a few potatoes kept on a cloth with a pot in the back

    This is probably the most widely used hack to peel potatoes. When it was introduced, it broke the internet and became viral.

    You only need a few things for this method. A pot of hot boiling water that you will use to boil the potatoes, a bowl of ice-cold water andtongs to hold the potatoes.

    Place all the potatoes in the boiling water and let them cook for a few minutes. These can be used to make mashed potatoes, potato salads, etc. However, if you plan to cook them later, you can par-boil them and not fully cook.

    Once the potatoes are tender, you need to take them out and place them in ice-cold water immediately. Let them be in the cold water for about 3 minutes. Now, take one out and easily slide off the skin. The skin will smoothly glide off without hassle. Voila! It is as easy as that.

    Another easier but lengthy way is to first cut with a knife around the middle of the potato. The cut should be deep enough just to go inside the skin. Place these potatoes in hot water and boil them. The rest of the procedure is the same. Cutting the skin slightly before boiling will make it easier to peel off later.

    Pick one up, and using your thumb simply pull off the peel. There you have it, nicely peeled boiled potatoes without too much effort.

    Putting a cut in the middle and then boiling might take time if you have a huge pile to peel, in which case you can just skip this part and directly put them to boil. It will still peel easily with fingers or you can use a kitchen cloth to hold the potato and rub off the peel.

    2. Use a Peeler:

    a closeup of a potato peeler while peeling a potato

    isn’t that obvious, you ask? Actually no, for this trick you need a little something more than just a peeler. The trick is to hold the top of the potato with one hand and stand it down on the cutting board. Slightly tilt the potato to give the peeler space to be moved over the potato.

    While holding the peeler in one hand, you need to slowly spin the potato with the other, all the while peeling the skin with the blade. This helps save time than the traditional way of using the peeler. Give it a try.

    3. Use a Peel Away Rotary:

    Peeling a potato in the peel away rotary kitchen gadget

    A peel away rotary is a kitchen gadget that is used to peel fruits and vegetables. Though it looks more like a medieval torture device but it isn’t.

    The rotary is probably the fastest way to peel potatoes and requires the least effort. You can get done with peeling pounds of potatoes in no time. It is a life-saver.

    You just need to take a rotary device, stick the potato on one end and keep rotating the handle. The rotary would do the rest. The handle keeps spinning the potato while a tiny peeler on the end of the machine keeps peeling the skin off. It is super easy and time-saving.

    4. The Drill Machine Hack:

    This can be risky and should be executed with proper precautions. You might ask someone who knows how to use a drill machine to do this for you.

    Take a clean drilling machine and stick a potato in front of the drilling rod. Switch on the drill and while the potato rotates, use a peeler to peel the skin away. It works almost like a rotary peeling device. It can be very time-saving and effortless, if done the right way.


    One tip to save time spent in the kitchen is to reduce your meal prepping time. The few ideas listed above can help you in prepping for your meals quickly and can save you time for better, more productive activities.


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