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Are Idaho Russets Considered A Waxy Potato?

Jul 7, 2017
Q: Are Idaho® Potatoes considered waxy? I found a delicious sounding recipe for a potato salad that calls for waxy potatoes. All I have at home at Idaho russets.
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How Do I Prevent My Peeled Idaho®Potatoes From Graying?

Apr 21, 2017
Q: I sliced russet potatoes in a food processor then parboiled in milk, cream, salt and pepper Then refrigerated them in an aluminum pan overnight. The next day most of them were greyish color with black outline, I had to dispose of them. I use aluminum pans when making potato salad by parboiling the potatoes and nothing ever happened. Was it the food processor, type of potato, alum pan or all the above. I never want to be in this situation again.
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Would It Be Better To Freeze, Keep, Or Toss My Potato Salad?

Dec 1, 2016
Q: I made home made potato salad last night and immediately refrigerated it. Just got a call the dinner is cancelled - flu! How long will the potato salad last? Will it help to freeze it and thaw slowly, because the dinner is rescheduled for next weekend.
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Can I Boil My Potatoes With The Skins On Two Days Before I Make Potato Salad? Using Whole Potatoes?

Jul 11, 2016
Q: Can I boil my potatoes with skin on two days before I make potato salad? Using whole potatoes?
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What are some things I can do to make potato salads even more exciting?

Jun 17, 2016
Q: What are some things I can do to make potato salads even more exciting?
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Can I Freeze German Potato Salad?

Jun 7, 2016
Q: Can you freeze German potato salad (no mayo/dairy)?
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How Many Days Ahead Can You Make Potato Salad?

May 9, 2016
Q:  I am making 30 lbs. of Potato Salad for a graduation party. Can I cook the potatoes and eggs three days in advance and not mix other ingredients until the 3rd day, would that be Okay?
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Should I Boil My Peeled Russet Potatoes Whole Or Cut Into Chunks For A Salad?

Apr 7, 2016
Q: Should I leave my potatoes whole or cut them into chunks for boiling peeled russet potatoes for a salad?
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Tips for Making Potato Salad

Jul 26, 2012
Q: I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I'm in my 50’s and have never made potato salad from scratch but that's the way it is. :-) I have two questions for you:  Can I cut up the potatoes (plain old brown potatoes) BEFORE I cook them and, if I do, HOW LONG more or less should I boil them? All the recipes seem to say “until soft” but they never actually give a time for me to check and it seems silly to stand next to the stove to poke a fork into the potatoes every couple of minutes. 10 minutes? 15? 20? Is there a good reason why the potatoes need to be peeled as long as I’ve scrubbed them clean?
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Leaving the Skins on Potato Salad

Jul 16, 2012
Q: Is there any reason the skins cannot be left on a potato when making potato salad?
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