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Here is a very simple question, regarding not such an easy task:

Do you like peeling potatoes?

Peeling potatoes doesn’t look difficult, especially when someone else is doing it, right?

I was always quite amazed by the speed my mom would peel potatoes, but no matter how hard I try; I don’t even get close to her speed.  I personally do not like peeling potatoes, and one of the reasons is that I feel very awkward using the potato peeler, so I use a paring knife, with a constant fear of cutting myself.   I use potatoes a lot in my cooking, so it is a must job for me!

However, as with any other problem, someone always comes up with a great solution.  My potato peeling dilemma has been eased by this simple “Never again peel potatoes” method.

Please watch this wonderful video, sent to me by a friend, and let me know what you think.

First time I watched this video, I had some doubts, but believe me, I tried it and it REALLY WORKS!!!!!!

I had Red Potatoes on hand, so I used those to test this theory.  Once the potatoes cooked, I drained out the hot water, filled a bowl with cold water from my faucet (I did not even use ice water), and placed the hot potatoe in it.  After 30 seconds, the potato skin came off like magic.

What a great time saver, especially if you are planning to make a potato salad.

Now, how easy and convenient is that??

Please give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Are you ready to throw away your potato peeler yet?

I am still keeping mine, since I love to use it for peeling carrots and cucumbers.

If you have additional “easy does it” suggestions for solving any other tedious tasks, please share them with me and all my readers, since I enjoy testing these out, and passing them on to others.

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28 Responses

  1. Diana

    November 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm


    WOW that was pretty cool! I hate peeling them too…I usually let my fiance do the work! He’s faster at it then me. I love the potato picture you have there it looks like a heart! Im going to share this link with him. How cute is the actress Dawn Wells in the video! Thanks for sharing the link. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. This trick will def come in handy for it!

  2. Suburban Grandma

    November 19th, 2009 at 9:46 pm


    I really had to try it to believe it….so simple and convenient.

  3. All Women Stalker

    November 20th, 2009 at 10:55 am


    So my eyes are popping out right now because that really does sound convenient! I hate peeling them potatoes. I will try this soon and let you know. :)


  4. suburbangrandma

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:14 pm


    I bet you will love it, and will be pleasantly surprised, as I was!

  5. Xannyyy,

    November 23rd, 2009 at 9:47 am


    It never occoured to me that there was such an easy way to peel those patatoes that really get me bad tempered before the job even begins!
    Thanks for sharing this with us Suburbangrandma! :D

  6. Suburban Grandma

    November 23rd, 2009 at 9:40 pm


    I totally agree.
    I was equally amazed by this very easy method.

  7. cool gadgets

    March 24th, 2010 at 12:50 pm


    this is so cool but not sure what my normal punishment would become after we get this?

  8. Suburban Grandma

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:30 pm


    No punishment here…next best thing is for someone else to do it for us.

  9. Cep Haber

    July 10th, 2010 at 12:33 pm


    Eine sehr nützliche Seite, danke ..

  10. Suburban Grandma

    July 10th, 2010 at 2:34 pm



  11. tim@drinkdocker

    July 25th, 2010 at 1:12 am


    I’m guilty of feeling awkward when using the peeler too! I just use a mini-knife. Gets the job done.

  12. Suburban Grandma

    July 25th, 2010 at 9:07 pm


    I am sure the mini-knife is great, but this method of Not-peeling is even better…really.

  13. Düzce

    September 4th, 2010 at 4:57 pm



  14. Suburban Grandma

    September 8th, 2010 at 12:35 am


    Hoşgeldin – you are very welcome.

  15. biyoloji

    November 30th, 2010 at 11:06 am


    Thanks!nice post

  16. Suburban Grandma

    November 30th, 2010 at 6:01 pm


    Hopefully you will no longer need to peel potatoes.
    Thank you for stopping by.

  17. Poster Framing

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:39 am


    I am so reluctant to peel potatoes as most of the time I have to peel it by using the potato peeler. This post really helped me a lot to overcome that issue. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Suburban Grandma

    August 1st, 2011 at 4:41 pm


    That makes two of us….
    Some people just eat potatoes with the skin on.

  19. Carla @ Yorkshire Pantry

    August 10th, 2011 at 5:35 am


    Wow I cannot believe I have gone this long without learning that method. I eat a lot of potatoes, so this is really useful.

  20. Nitin Mittal

    August 10th, 2011 at 6:42 am


    Your blog is well written and it’s useful to every one.
    Keep posting more blogs

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  21. Suburban Grandma

    August 10th, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    I did try it and it actually worked. It does work better with some potatoes more than others.

  22. Suburban Grandma

    August 10th, 2011 at 7:17 pm


    Thank you.
    There is more to come, that is a sure thing.

  23. bedroom furniture malaysia

    August 11th, 2011 at 2:09 am


    You are talking about the interesting topic which you use in our daily life about the peeling potatoes. Me also like to eat potatoes it can be cooked with all kind of vegetables, so i haven’t any idea of newest peeling system among by the peeler but you shows a really pretty one in the blogs. thanks for sharing i will use this types of trick in the future.
    thank you.

  24. Suburban Grandma

    August 11th, 2011 at 4:58 pm


    It’s quite interesting how well it works on most types of potatoes.

  25. Bob

    May 21st, 2013 at 11:17 pm


    I’m a guy so no fuss is key, I just use a new scotch bright cleaning pad or dishwasher brush or other abrasive pad and cold water. Dirt is off per potato in 10 seconds, skin is more or less 50% still there but is clean. I prefer the skin on as there’s all the nutrients and vitamins there. Boiling in water kills any bacteria anyhow, no fuss, no prepping ice water and boiling water, no excess peeled skin mess and healthier personally.

  26. Suburban Grandma

    May 23rd, 2013 at 7:02 pm


    Thank you for sharing your no peeling potato tips.
    Your method is as good as any.

  27. Majella

    July 23rd, 2013 at 3:04 pm


    wow wow wow thank you soooo much! great tip.xx

  28. Suburban Grandma

    July 24th, 2013 at 7:18 pm


    I noticed this method works better with certain type of potatoes and not as well with other.
    Some folks never peel their potatoes, but eat them with the skin on.

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