Potatoes cut for French fries should soak in water for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Soaking the potatoes before frying helps to remove a good amount of the starch inherent to the potatoes, such as russet potatoe... More »

Soaking cut potatoes overnight helps to remove excess starch from them, which makes them less sticky in certain recipes, such as mashed potatoes. Too much starch makes the bits of potatoes sticky, forming what is almost ... More »

Potatoes can be peeled the night before mashing them. Peeling, slicing and soaking them in cold water overnight will reduce the starch content, which is a benefit for some people. Others prefer to leave the starch in so ... More »

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The easiest way to keep potatoes white after peeling or cutting is to fully submerge them in a bowl of water until use. If they are not needed until the next day, they can be refrigerated in the bowl of water overnight. More »

Prevent browning of cut potatoes by storing them in water or by squeezing lemon juice over the cut potatoes. You can also add lemon juice or vinegar to the water for added protection against browning. Cut potatoes must b... More »

Make crispy sweet potato fries by cutting the potatoes into thin pieces, soaking them in cold water and tossing them in corn starch and oil. Bake the fries for 30 minutes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Turn the oven off, ... More »

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To cook beans without getting gas, sort out the bad beans first, soak the beans for eight or more hours, discard the soaking water, and cook for one or more hours with fresh water. Soaking loosens the skins and releases ... More »

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