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How Do You Keep Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad From Getting Watery When Made The Day Before?

Q:

How do you keep Pennsylvania Dutch potato salad from getting watery when made the day before?

A:

To keep Pennsylvania Dutch potato salad from getting watery when made the day before follow these tips:

  1. Use Waxy Potatoes: Opt for red or Yukon Gold potatoes.
  2. Cook Properly: Boil until just tender, not overcooked.
  3. Drain Thoroughly: Let potatoes sit in the colander to remove excess water.
  4. Cool Completely: Allow potatoes to cool fully before mixing.
  5. Dry Ingredients: Pat dry any added vegetables.
  6. Thicken Dressing: Use less liquid and more binding agents like mayonnaise.
  7. Proper Storage: Store in an airtight container.

These steps will help maintain the salad's consistency.