Homemade Mashed Potatoes Recipe : Drain Potatoes

Uploaded by expertvillage on 02.02.2008

Hey guys, my name is J. and I am talking on behalf of Expert Village. In this clip, I
am going to show you about letting steam out of the potatoes once they fork tender. I am
going to grab my potatoes off my stove right quick. As you can see, I am going to show you the
fork tender part about this. You see how the fork went just right through the potato and
fell right off. You can slide your fork right into all these potatoes easily and they will
slide right off. That is how you know they are ready and done to be cooked. What we are
going to do is drain off all the water out of this and you want to be careful because
it is hot. Drain it and I have my strainer inside my sink.
Okay as you notice all the steam coming up and essentially steam is moisture; moisture
that is in the potatoes. What we want to do is put the potatoes back into our pot and
you want to let all this steam basically evaporate and go away because we don't want water in
our potatoes. Basically the steam is water and we don't want them to be mashed up into
potatoes and make watery mashed potatoes. Basically this is a little secret and tip
that people use. In fact what you can do, is you can stick these back on the burner
and kind of let them cook on the burner without any water and it is going to make even more
of the water evaporate. You see a lot of chef's showing you this tip. Emerald shows you this
tip and it does work. So I am going to show it to you here from my kitchen and put it
back on the stove right quick. I am going to let that cook on the stove for about another
5 minutes before I start adding anything. I am going to show you real quick in the next
clip what to do.