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    Scrubbing potatoes

    I have the hardest time getting my potatoes skins super clean so we can eat them. I have used a vegetable Bruch and even a more stiffer bristled Bruch and even a green scrubbing pad. And I have even soaked them before scrubbing them but still can't get all the black dirt stuff off completely. So just wondering how every one else does it?

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    can use nylon scrubbies.

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    For baked potatoes I peel them, boil whole potato for about 12 minutes...put in oven on either oven rack or pan with parchment paper. Bake for 1/2 hour, turn, bake another 1/2 hour. If you put on rack I find it not necessary to turn. No oil used. Bake at 425. I always had a issue with cleaning peels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandmahoney View Post
    I have the hardest time getting my potatoes skins super clean so we can eat them. I have used a vegetable Bruch and even a more stiffer bristled Bruch and even a green scrubbing pad. And I have even soaked them before scrubbing them but still can't get all the black dirt stuff off completely. So just wondering how every one else does it?
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    I use warm water and a dish cleaning brush to clean mine. If I have small spots of dirt that won't come off, I cut it off/out. I find the warm water softens the dirt up better than cold.
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    Before we had a microwave I used to boil the potatoes for 15 minutes before baking them. (Didn't ever peel them since I love the crispy skins.) My mom told me about the process after having trouble getting them soft enough to eat by baking them. Ever so often I still do it if I am baking something in the over for over an hour.

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    I have a 'vegetable' brush that I got from Williams Sonoma years ago. It's rather stiff bristled. I scrub the worst of the dirt with warm water and cook as desired. Baked; sliced/diced for home fries; cut up for mashed w/peels. Doesn't matter; don't worry about whatever dirt/spots may be left behind. If there is a dark spot within the potato as I'm cutting, I'll toss that but otherwise I don't worry about it. Have been doing this for decades and no worse for wear.

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    The best thing I've found is a scrubbie made of nylon net crocheted into a doughnut shape.

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    Ahhhh, a good baked potato. Some potatoes have a blemish that doesn't wash off---don't fuss about it, just wash the potato under cool water with a vegetable brush. You do not have to "sterilized it". Bake the potato in a 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes. When you take it out lay it in a folded dish towel , sprinkle a small amount of water on the skin and wrap the dish towel around it. (to cause a little steam and soften the skin). In 3-5 minutes gentle roll the potato ,still in the dishtowel, a bit. (this loosens the flesh of the potato, and makes it fluffy). When you cut the slit in the potato to open it, it should be light and fluffy. Love a good baked potato with juicy meatloaf---and they can be baked together in the oven at the same time. Learned this potato stuff in Idaho!

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    I rinse under running water to remove the obvious. I figure a 450 degree oven for 30 minutes will take care of most all dirt germs. I grew up on garden dirt. Every vegetable we ate we grew. I buy Idaho potatoes if I can't get potatoes locally grown.
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    I have a small scrub brush I use and it seems to work okay for me.
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    I use the crocheted nylon scrubbie too! I love them ... they are the best!

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    I gave up scrubbing, and just started buying the thinner skinned potatoes like Yukon golds, red skinned, etc. A quick wash and they are ready to use.
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    I use a brush that is supposed to be used for scrubbing dishes. It has hard bristles. Don't know why some potatoes are soooo dirty. They used to wash them. I also add a little white vinegar to the water and that helps loosen the dirt
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    I use what is called a Greenie. Several companies make them but don't get the kind with a sponge on one side. When dry they feel very stiff. This is what our school district uses to wash bakers.

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    I just rinse them off and bake or boil haven't died yet!!

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    I discovered these at my daughter's house when I went to care for her and the new grandson:
    https://www.amazon.com/Fabrikators-S...rubbing+gloves

    I found they work reasonably well; better the second time I used them. My arthritic fingers and hands do feel better with a brush.

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    I just scrub the with a brush and cut out any part that I have doubts about. Oil the skins and bake in a hot oven. My mother told me...not that I believe it... that "you have to eat a tablespoon of dirt a day to stay healthy." Her mother told her. They probably had limited water in the "old country." But, she always washed her potatoes first! I do the same thing for sweet potato. I always eat the skin on both kinds.
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