Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Favorite Way to Not Boil Potatoes

This summer was so darn hot that in order to cook anything, I had to get creative. To boil potatoes would have been unthinkable with how hot it was. Yet I wanted to make potato salad for dinner from time to time. We love potato salad and I make a big bowl for leftovers.

One day I decided to experiment cooking the potatoes in the crock pot. I washed and just put them whole into the crock pot with about an inch of water and turned it on high. After about three hours I had perfectly steamed potatoes ready to cool and peel for potato salad. I will never boil potatoes again for salads. Tonight I am trying a mashed potato experiment. I will let you know how it turns out.


A few favorite recipes to use your perfectly cooked potatoes:
Baked Potato Salad


This is the best potato salad recipe hands down.

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35 comments:

Cindy said...

That's a great idea! I will do that too, why have I never thought of it?
I'm going to look at your recipes, I love potato salad.
Hugs, C indy

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I am a crockpot lover...so I will definitely give this a try!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I pinned the crockpot recipe and the potato salad one, Elaine.

Ginger Zuck said...

What a great idea. Now, where is my crockpot?? Will definitely do this when I find it. Thanks

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Super idea. I don't boil them either. I wash them, prick them and wrap them in waxed paper and cook them in the microwave. Big huge potatoes take about 5 to 6 minutes and 2 huge ones about 8. They are absolutely perfect to peel. If you want to have great baked potatoes, just cook them a little longer and they are fabulous. Nice and cool too and take just a tiny bit of electricity. Wax paper is the secret. Hugs, Marty

Claudia said...

What a great idea! Now I just need the crock pot.

xo
Claudia

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Kris said...

Wow...wish I knew that in the summer! But I will try it...thanks!!
Hey, the girls are wonderful. I don't mind the naughtiness at all. They are loves. Settled in just fine!!!
Is it working much better for you to only have the two?
Hugs,
Kris

Barbara F. said...

I've made mashed potatoes in the crockpot and it works great. Especially for Thanksgiving! Love potato salad too. xo

Beth Edwards said...

now my family loves potatoes so i will definitely try these potato salads ... i could live off them. now that i have gotten married only on occasion do we have them. thanks for the recipes. (:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love potatoes cooked any way! We picked up some BBQ for dinner and I made potato salad this afternoon to go with it! YUM!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I do this with my sweet potatoes all of the time, only you don't have to put water in the crock pot. They make their own thick sweet juice, and hubby swares they taste better in the crock pot, lol. Works for me!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great idea! I need to pull out my crock pot more!

20 North Ora said...

I live by my Crock Pot!! My friends tease me all the time about how much I cook in it. But, it's so easy and can be prepared and then left for the day. I will have to try potatoes. Thanks for the hint.

Judy

marejohn said...

Now aren't you the smart girl? I am SO doing this! Am anxious to hear how the mashed potatoes turn out!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Brilliant idea, Elaine! :D My kitchen heats up due to the wall of windows, so anything to help keep the heat down is appreciated. I love my crockpot, but I've never solely used it for potatoes, but I really should!

Sweet Tea said...

I've done the same thing.
I usually treat them as a baked potato and serve with salt/pepper and sour cream.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love any potato recipe, and not having to turn on the stove, or the oven, what a great idea.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I will try this for sure and your potato salad recipe also!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

This sounds like a great way to make potatoes, weather you're trying to keep from heating up the house, conserve on gas, or just not enough pots to cook in...
an easy recipe.

Thanks for sharing it. You know... you can cook Corn on the Cob in your coffee pot! ;) {wink wink) Pat

Micupoftea~ said...

FAB idea! I have not had potato salad in ages. Thx for sharing :)

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

I'm a potato lover! Great idea, the crock pot. I also use my microwave and save time.

The Gingerbread Gem said...

I like potatoes, but especially baked with onions and bacon. But that doesn't sound like a Summer recipe ;-).

Goedele

Walking on Sunshine said...

What a great idea! Love the new look to your blog also!

corners of my life said...

This is such a great hint!
Definately "pinterest worthy".

Trace4J said...

What a great idea.
Thanks for sharing.
I love my crockpot.
Happy Fall
Trace


www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Tilly's Nest said...

You are after my heart. I have never met a potato that I didn't adore! I can't wait to try the potato salad recipe. I love potato salad. Thank you for linking up to the blog hop today. I look forward to reading your blog each week!~Melissa

ImSoVintage said...

Great idea. I'll definitely try it :)

Hibiscus House said...

Well, I sure never thought of that before. Great idea! I'm gonna do it.
Dolly

Dewdrop Gardens said...

What a great idea!! I wouldn't have thought of that, I'll have to remember this trick.
Thanks.
Saw you linking at Tilly's Nest.
Debbie :)

Anne Kimball said...

Hi Elaine, I'm Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com) visiting from Tilly’s Nest.

What a fantastic idea! This is one I'll have to write down. Thanks for sharing!

Anyway, it’s nice to "meet" you. I hope you can pop over to my blog and say hi sometime if you get the chance.

nancy said...

Good idea with the crock pot!

Debra said...

Ha ha ha NOW I read this when it's finally cooled off here. I don't have whole house air and my kitchen was an inferno for most of the summer...so I understand about not even wanting to boil something.

Sue said...

I followed your link from Tilly's Nest.

What a great idea for cooking potatoes! I'm going to try it with sweet potatoes. Thanks!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Elaine, thanks for the great tip of cooking crock pot potatoes. I am going to try it for sure. Your mom's salad recipe is identical to what I do except for the sour cream and olives. Mine is my moms recipe. I'm going to try adding the two ingredients next time for a change. Thanks for sharing your tip and recipes with SYC.
Hugs,
Jann

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