What Is the Best Way to Cube Potatoes for Potato Salad?


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The best way to cube potatoes when making potato salad is to cut the potatoes to the desired thickness, stack the slices and then cut them crosswise to form the cubes. Either cubed or quartered potatoes work well for potato salad.

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Before cubing potatoes for potato salad, either scrub the potato skins or peel them first. This removes all the dirt. Once the potatoes are clean, cube them by slicing them in two directions. The next step is to boil the potatoes for the salad.

After cutting the potatoes into cubes, place them in a pot with cold water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Turn the stove to its highest setting, and wait for the water to boil. Once it boils, reduce the burner to low heat so that the pot comes to a gentle boil. Place a lid or pan on the pot, and cook between 15 and 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. The timing depends largely on the size of the cubes and type of potato being used. For instance, new potatoes and quartered potatoes both require longer boiling times. After they're done, they are ready for use in a potato salad.

Potatoes can be categorized as either high, medium or low starch. For potato salad, use a medium- or low-starch potato, such as Yukon gold or new. These potatoes have a higher moisture concentration, which helps them stay together when cooking and cutting. High-starch potatoes fall apart more easily and make better mashed potatoes.

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