Take the skin off a potato in 30 seconds — or less

shutterstock_83967187October 14 — If you like your mashed potatoes without the skin on, but hate the process of peeling them by hand, try this trick.

Here’s how: Boil the potatoes with the skin on. When they are done cooking transfer them to a bowl filled with ice and water (aka: an ice bath) and let them soak for 3-5 minutes. The skin will easily peel right off.

To make perfect mashed potatoes, you’ll need: 1 1/2 lbs (680 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt. 4 Tbsp cream or milk, 2 Tbsp. butter, 1 Tbsp. milk, salt and pepper to taste. Cut potatoes and place into a medium saucepan with an inch of cold water and salt. Boil until bubbling, and simmer, and cover for about 15 minutes until potatoes are soft. Drain water and in a bowl add butter and cream. Mix and mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher. Don’t over-mix or they’ll get ooey and gluey. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yum!