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Mashed Potatoes - Method of cooking

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2012 at 5:55 AM

I am looking into mashed russet potatoes lately. I am wondering though about baked -vs- boiled. Skinned or peeled. etc...

Let me know your thoughts either way...

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Retrogradation is a better term than coagulation for what happens as starch that has been gelatinized cools and changes shape again to a resistant starch...see http://www.healthyeatingclub.com/info/articles/nutrients/resisstarch.htm for a full discussion and links to studies.

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on January 18, 2012
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Potatoes are not more or less toxic when raw or cooked. We cook them because most people find them more palateable when cooked.

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Starches coagulate? Reference please!

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:46 AM

You can cook them though... They are not paleo but some folks do eat them...

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:18 AM

You can cook them though... Thye are not paleo but some folks do eat them...

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on January 12, 2012
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Thank You FF!!! Sounds great!

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on January 12, 2012
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Thank You JH!!!

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on January 12, 2012
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Thank You JitzGrrl!

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:45 AM

Peel, cut into disks (this exposes more surface area to the water), boil in salted water until fork (not paring knife) tender, past through a ricer or food mill. Allow the taters to sit for a few so the excess water can steam off, of if in a stainless steel bowl place over low heat for a minute or two.

JitzGrrl is dead-on about adding the fat first, many people, even chefs I've worked with, do not do this.

I then season and add stock and heavy cream.

You can boil them in the peel, then cut in half and pass through a ricer. You'll get very good results but it's a bit of a pain in my experience.

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Thank You JH!!!

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:20 AM

I just mashed and pureed a baked skinless russet potato with 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk, avocado, and hot sauce... it's delicious!

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:40 AM

Thank You FF!!! Sounds great!

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:11 AM

As far as health, Perfect Health Diet recommends cooled potatoes on occasion. After heating and then cooling, some of the starches coagulate into resistant starches, which we don't digest with our stomach acids particularly well, but the bacteria in our small intestine love. (If you have SIBO or some sorts of IBS, maybe better to skip this, but fabulous for the majority of people).

Beyond that, I don't know that any method of cooking is favored over any other. I bake, simmer, (shhh!) nuke, or nuke+bake when I'm short on time. Just make sure to buy organic and peel.

The secret to non-gummy mashed potatoes is to add all your fat first, and only then add your milk/broth/liquid.

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on January 12, 2012
at 06:12 AM

Thank You JitzGrrl!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Starches coagulate? Reference please!

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Retrogradation is a better term than coagulation for what happens as starch that has been gelatinized cools and changes shape again to a resistant starch...see http://www.healthyeatingclub.com/info/articles/nutrients/resisstarch.htm for a full discussion and links to studies.

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:09 PM

I guess this is a question within your question - are you eating Paleo? My understanding (and I am very new!!) was that white potatoes were a no-no because you should not eat them raw. They belong to the night shade family of plants and could be toxic in their raw form. Is there a difference between a russet potato and any other white potatoe? Or maybe I am misinformed. . . .

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:46 AM

You can cook them though... They are not paleo but some folks do eat them...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:13 PM

Potatoes are not more or less toxic when raw or cooked. We cook them because most people find them more palateable when cooked.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:18 AM

You can cook them though... Thye are not paleo but some folks do eat them...

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