I mean, it’s just one of those boring kitchen tasks that has to get done, right?
Well, the real question is… where do you peel your potatoes and what do you do with all the potato skins?
If you just toss them down the kitchen sink and run the garbage disposer to get rid of them, I encourage you to STOP DOING THAT.
Potato Peels Can Damage Your Drain
Believe it or not, it’s actually the starch in the potatoes (and potato skins) that is the problem.
It turns into a gummy glue causing the potatoes to wrap around a garbage disposal’s moving parts and ultimately clog drain pipes.
So instead of sending potato peels down the drain, you should peel potatoes into a strainer or into the sink with something covering the garbage disposal.
Then, toss those potato peels into the garbage (…or select one of the following ways to use potato peels).
Here’s How I Peel Potatoes:
Step #1: Place a silicone cutting board (basically, just a very thin & flexible cutting mat) over the drain in the kitchen sink.
It rests loosely over the drain, which enables you to still run water to clean off each of the potatoes immediately after peeling them without the risk of any potato skins going down the drain.
Creative Uses For Potato Skins
If you don’t want to simply toss potato skins into the garbage each time, here are some other useful ideas for potato skins:
#1 Bake them. Add salt and pepper. Finally, top with ranch dressing and bacon bits. (This works especially well if you cut your skins with a knife instead of a potato peeler. That way, they’ll have a bit more meat on them.)
#2 Compost them. Simply add the potato skins to your growing collection of food scraps to make a nice compost for plants. Or use them directly in your garden. They’ll replenish the nitrogen in the soil.
#3 Fry them. Deep frying may not sound very appealing, but these are to die for!
#5 Make potato water. It can be used in so many different ways.
Creative Uses For Potatoes
And now for some little-known things that you can do with potatoes:
- Top 5 Things To Do With Potatoes – make microwaved potato chips… yum!
- 10 Surprising Uses For Potatoes – skin care, art, stamps, and more
- 20 Things You Can Make With Potatoes – a bunch of tasty recipes
- How To Use Potatoes In Your Beauty Routine – give gray hair highlights, get rid of wrinkles
- 101 Things You Can Do With A Potato – a book filled with lots of fun ideas!
- 5 Things To Do With Potatoes – help salty soup, remove stains from hands, make a hot/cold compress
- 60 Uses For A Potato… And Counting – helps you sleep, polishes silverware
- 10 Ways To Use A Potato – make potato chips, soothe a burn, give yourself a facial
- 7 Unusual Uses For Raw Potatoes – remove a broken lightbulb, ease a headache
Here’s an interesting way to peel potatoes without a potato peeler!…
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