How to Boil Potatoes ~1856


“In Ireland potatoes are boiled in perfection.” This is a beautiful quote that perfectly captures the nostalgia of immigrants.

Evidently, there is a real art to boiling potatoes. I feel so provincial, which is ironic considering it’s a boiled potato. If you’re like me, you’ve been doing it wrong all these years, but here’s the descriptive overview to set things straight.

If we have any readers in Ireland, you’ll have to let me know if this how-to still stands some 170 years later.



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Source: Practical American Cookery and Domestic Economy, E. Hall, 1856.

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