Drying Potatoes

Asked December 11, 2012, 6:23 PM EST

All my books say I must peel potatoes before drying. Because the peel has the "goodies", can I just wash them well and dry them with the peels on?

Marion County Oregon

1 Response

I think most people prefer to peel them first because the skins tend to get tough when they are dried. It is not a safety issue as long as you scrub the skins well to remove all the dirt. Be sure you blanch your potatoes (steam blanch 5-6 )minutes) and then wash them to remove the starch before you dry them. If you don't the potatoes could turn black when they are drying..

Thanks for using Ask an Expert.

Nellie Oehler.