Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Japanese potato-peeling technique

From a Japanese TV show: how to peel a potato in one step. Actually, "deskin" would be more accurate word than "peel," since this technique eliminates the need for a conventional potato peeler—all you need is an ordinary kitchen knife.

The video clip is in Japanese, with no English subsititles, so what the squeaky-voiced narrator is saying breaks down like this:

  1. Before boiling the potatoes, use a knife to make a continuous circular slice about 1 millimeter (or about a sixteenth of an inch) deep in each one. The slice should go all the way around the potato, with the end of the slice connecting with the beginning.
  2. Boil or steam the potatoes as you normally would.
  3. Immediately after boiling or steaming, place each potato in ice water for 10 seconds.
  4. Holding a potato at either end, pull in opposite directions. The two halves of the skin should slide off.

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