With Mashed Potatoes begging to be made, the question has to be asked: What is the best way to peel a potato?
I know there are a number of ways out there to do this that people swear by, but I decided on five ways to test: the straight peeler, Y-peeler, paring knife, score and boil method and boil then peel method (which we also mentioned in our how-to for boiling potatoes). Let’s jump right in.
Regardless of the method you choose, you absolutely need to wash your potatoes beforehand. Most potatoes are never properly washed from when they’re harvested so they still have dirt on them. Use a vegetable brush to really help you get rid of any dirt that’s set in the shallow eyes. If you’re able to, wash the potatoes with enough time for them to dry before you peel them. This will make sure they aren’t as slippery when you’re holding them. If you don’t have time to let them dry, use a clean dish towel to dry them and/or to help you hold them.
The straight peeler shown isn’t the same as most swivel style peelers, but it performed about the same as one would. The straight peeler (like this one) is one that I see most often as it’s probably the most traditional besides a paring knife. The motion you create with it feels much like that when you use a paring knife to peel. It goes front to back without much range of motion. It definitely feels safer than using a paring knife and doesn’t take as much of the potato off when peeling.