These are some of the ones he grows and they seem to turn out delicious(might be his green fingers tho! Pureeing your potatoes in a blender or food processor seems like a good idea at first. Toss them in plenty of fat — oil will do, animal fat or drippings is even better — and add them to your roasting pan. If your potatoes have been growing in very dry soil, the potatoes themselves will have a fairly low moisture content when harvested. Potatoes are a popular must-have in the household. Or to roast them, par-steam them and then roast whole with skins on. . To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account. We were so excited to dig our first potatoes up and looked forward to eating them boiled - but on cooking them we ended up with a gloop of disintegrated mush, with a few raw lumps. I think so lol!) Mmm, thinking of mash now though...[hungry emoticon]. The gnocchi looked perfect but clearly the potato to flour ratio was off, hence the watery mush when poached. This will help them to hold their shape. Very disappointing. To keep potatoes from turning black, they should not be stored in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also what most chefs do when making mashed. mmm mash!We have a relative who grows gorgeous potatoes (can potatoes be gorgeous? It's impossible to tell which potatoes will turn dark, but the discoloration does not … Why are They Mushy? Well, it’s nearly always to do with growing conditions… If your potatoes have been growing in very dry soil, the potatoes themselves will have a fairly low moisture content when harvested. We took our eye off the ball and now DS is... What are your best budget buys this Christmas? Do not wander away or do anything else whilst the spuds are cooking. When these are cooked, they absorb more water than usual and, as a result, fall apart at the end of cooking. . International Kidney (lol)Maris PiperBlue Danubeare good too! Help save my spuds! Sorry to hear it - what variety are they? If you want to ensure that your spuds don't get mushy, after they have boiled about 4 … To think DDs teacher really should have attended parents even, To wonder why my MIL thinks DH gave me a black eye. Anyone else dislike Christmas virtue signaling? For this season, if you’ve been struggling with potatoes that turn to mush, we’d recommend you steam them whole instead of boiling them. Oh the great disappointment! You want to mush them up so the outside gets a fluffy, chuffed appearance — that's the part that's going to crisp. Haven't tried steaming them but that's on the menu this week! Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6BD, © 2020 Rocket Gardens  |  Website by Liminal Design. If the cooked potatoes were not left out overnight, unrefrigerated then they will be okay to eat. Potatoes that turn black after they are boiled do so for a number of reasons, such as undergoing a reaction with the cookware being used, having bruises due to being dropped and being stored in cold conditions. Pack the hot potatoes into canning jars, and cover with boiling water (don’t use the water you boiled the potatoes in for best quality, it’s full of starch). We tried roasting some at the weekend, and that was better. Refrigerate. Reasons Potatoes Turn Black After Cooking: Potatoes occasionally turn gray or dark after they are boiled; this color change may be caused by the conditions under which they were grown or stored. It also spills the potato juices in the water, and I don't like to do that, which is why I boil whole potatoes … We were so excited to dig our first potatoes up and looked forward to eating them boiled - but on cooking them we ended up with a gloop of disintegrated mush, with a few raw lumps. When cooked, pour off the water straight away. "Bearing in mind we've had hardly a drop of rain for as long as I can remember here this summer, this sounds like what's wrong with my spuds. If I water them lots, then dig them up, will they be ok? When your potatoes sprout during storage, they’re using available light and stored starch-the same starch that becomes deliciously creamy when cooked- to grow a new plant. Oh the great disappointment! (Here, Davies offers up another tip to fight the mush: “Spread out the mash to cool; the escaping steam will further take away any moisture.”) Flour is the binder, but use as little as possible. So, either steam them and then add mayonnaise or butter/olive oil. I don't know what variety they are (mental note to self to write it down next year!!) Potato skins and fruit peels are the natural ways oxygen is blocked from reaching this enzyme. Ours do this all the time - we've found steaming them works best but only for a few mins - check them regularly - they don't absorb the water the same. every Saturday morning - it gives you the lowdown of jobs to do in the Chop 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 cup onion and 1 cup bell pepper and mix into mayo. Rocket Gardens I have watered them but obviously not enough (and I am on a water meter).My question is: can I save the rest that are still growing in the ground? If your homegrown potatoes are turning to mush when you cook them, you may be wondering why. Second, they are subjected to the canning process before they have been exposed to light/oxygen which speed up the deterioration process. Russets, also called Idaho or baker potatoes, make the fluffiest mashed potatoes.The high starch content and low moisture result in a drier texture and lighter mash. Potatoes one day. Can you make them into lovely buttery mash? Sign up for The Weekly Veg Out, our newsletter delivered to your inbox Pour dressing on potatoes along with salt and pepper to taste. To prevent this from happening, use medium-high heat and do not stir the potatoes until the bottoms have turned brown. These potatoes have three things going for them - first, they start with waxy potatoes (yukon gold, for example) which are less prone to breaking down. Cover pot, reduce heat and simmer for 15-30 minutes. “The salt helps to ensure the potatoes cook evenly. Potatoes make up 30% of the vegetables the average U.S. adult eats in a year. Quickly pour the potatoes into the bowl of cold water. Treverry Farm, Mawgan, I've always peeled my potatoes if boiling, if you boil them till they're mush then you havent attended them well,when a fork easily slides into them they're done. It depends on the size of the pieces and how many potatoes you are cooking in what sized pot, but generally, at a full boil your spuds will be done in about 5-7 minutes. )Top 3:Belle de fontenays (sp?) Allow the potatoes to drain. If the potatoes were left on the tray the potatoes could still turn color from the aluminum pan. Once they are removed, oxidation begins. To mash them, peel them, steam them and then mash. Well, it’s nearly always to do with growing conditions…. Why Potatoes Turn Gray . Also, when harvesting main crop potatoes, be sure to cut down the foliage and then leave the tubers in the ground for a week or so for the skins to firm up a bit before you harvest them. They should be easily pierced with a fork. I recently tried to boil some potatoes (purchased within the past week) that would not cook.  They remained hard and inedible after boiling more than 40 minutes, even though the pieces were only 2 inch cubes.  Please note that I have been cooking for over 40 years, so I am not asking how to cook potatoes in general. In future years, be sure to water your potatoes frequently during dry spells (they are often overlooked as they tend to keep nice lush green foliage even if there is little water in the soil). Salad the next and serve on the third. I have 2 different varieties growing, cannot remember the names but hoping this is just one type. They're either over or under cooked. Think I would try micro waving them with very little water and see if that works.I gave up growing spuds last year as I had such high expectations and was rewarded with pretty horrid mud tasting lumps. If your homegrown potatoes are turning to mush when you cook them, you may be wondering why. Add potatoes to the boiling water. Or would soaking them before cooking help? To use this feature subscribe to Mumsnet Premium - get first access to new features see fewer ads, and support Mumsnet. Fill a large bowl with cold water. ps. So it'd have to be a thin potato gruel like in Oliver twist! hope that works. The biggest reason potatoes turn mushy when frying them is that the middle of the potatoes began to cook too soon. - good boilersRockets - good chipsRattesDifferent types are good for different things but since you're not sure what sort yours are I think the best thing for this year is eat them when they're still small - they taste good that way and that might stop them being mush out the outside and hard in the middle. Boiled potatoes are a good way to get healthy carbs in, but oxidation often causes unsightly dark potatoes. Drain the partially cooked potatoes, then add them back to the pot, and give them a really good shake around. If serving immediately, leave the lid OFF so that the potatoes steam dry. I too, have them still in the ground and am digging up as and when i need them so hoping i might have better luck with some of the rest. it will ruin the potatoes...they turn to mush and if it is the white clam chowder, the milk will not freeze well. potatoes disintegrated on cooking - how to salvage the rest? Low starch potatoes such as red or new potatoes boil better when cubed, as they hold their shape, whereas high starch potatoes boil better whole as they become water logged and mushy if cut. But lift off the lid this time, and instead of creamy fluffy potatoes, you’ll see a thick gluey mess. £200 voucher to be won, Win up to £500 worth of clothes: Share what you would buy from Zalando. Place a colander in your sink and pour in the boiled potatoes. Less water in the potatoes allow for the potatoes to absorb more butter and cream. They will be pretty unattractive to the eater but will taste fine. The red potatoes are boiled until fork tender before they're sliced in half and grilled until charred. This step isn’t just for How to Fix Over Boiled Potatoes. A potato with a low DM content can be boiled a fair bit before it disintegrates; a floury potato can turn into mush in seconds if you're not careful.