Why do boiled potatoes taste bad if you don't put salt with them while cooking?

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Offline glovesforfoxes

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^ can anyone explain why?
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I don't put salt in my water when boiling spuds, but they taste OK. Perhaps you're just not buying the right spuds, or you've become accustom to the taste with salt, so when it isn't present, you notice.

Try nice Jersey Royals, you can't beat 'em.
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I agree with the Don..I also cook spuds without salt and they taste fine ...though, I can see why a dose of salt will enhance them somewhat...besides, they usually say add a pinch of salt don't they ?

Try a nice new potato or a salad potato like 'Charlotte'..they have their own flavours....you can always season them afterwards. 

Sometimes, when boiling them, a splash of soy sauce makes a good alternative to salt.
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Here's my own recipe for mashed spud.

After boiling, mash with 1/4 teaspoon of powdered English mustard, a tablespoon full of Parmesan cheese and a dash or two of Worcester sauce.
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Not all potatoes are created equal.

But I agree that generally salt is a matter of personal taste.

You can over mash potatoes. This will make them glue like. Over mashing (or using a mixer) bursts the starch grains, so if you are mashing particularly starchy ptotaoes you should under cook them to avoid this.

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I will make immediate enquiries at the the Idaho Potato Museum. I'm sure they will be able to answer this.

http://www.potatoexpo.com/

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wow !! ewe guys have to 'number plate' your potatoes !!
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Wow, that'll give the DVPLA something to think about
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it could be peas next !!
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Presumably this number was taken   ...

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Not by Dan Quayle though  [:)]
« Last Edit: 02/10/2009 01:06:38 by RD »

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LOL!

I had forgotton about Dan's little fumble.

Can't tell if that plate is available in Idaho or not, but California has an online app that let's you select a plate.

P0T80E5 is available in California.

https://xml.dmv.ca.gov/IppWebV3/welcome.do
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GEE23R is available in the UK, for £17K  [:0]


RD111 also a mere £17K. [ Mine should be cheaper: it's shorter   [:)]].
« Last Edit: 02/10/2009 02:57:33 by RD »