View Full Version : Potato Question- What is a "boiling potato"?
12-31-2004, 09:57 AM
Hello, I am making BC's Hash Browns and she calls for boiling potatoes...I have no idea what this means. Are they the russets? White? HELP! Thank you.
12-31-2004, 10:47 AM
I am not a food chemist and only retain about 1% of what I read or watch.
However, a boiling potato is not a russet or Idaho type potato which is the sort you would use for baking.
Potatoes which are generally boiled (although you shouldn't literally boil anything) are the waxy variety -- the red potatoes, for example, Generally they are smaller and have shiny skins - new potatoes. If you go to the supermarket, you can find them.
It has something to do with starch content and how the potato will hold up to various processes.
I am sure somebody will have a better answer but if you are dashing to the store immediately, just look for the type of potatoes you would never bake:D
12-31-2004, 02:07 PM
Thanks so much for your response. I picked up "white" potatoes which have thinner skins than the russets, and will try them this time..hopefully they won't fall apart!
12-31-2004, 05:15 PM
Your thin-skinned white potatoes are also "boiling potatoes," so they will work just fine in the recipe. In fact, they are what I would choose to use, not the red potatoes. I tend to only use red potatoes when I want really small ones, and where I'm going to leave the skin on.
01-01-2005, 08:27 PM
Well I used the white potatoes and they turned out great! They didn't fall apart like I feared. Thanks for all your help!
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