You can prep potatoes a day in advance by peeling and chopping them. Then use these tips on how to prevent peeled potatoes from turning brown and keep your potatoes white until you are ready to cook them.
I like to peel and chop potatoes the day before a holiday to cut down on the prep work I have to do for my holiday meal on the day I am entertaining guests. However, preparing potatoes in advance for mashed potatoes can lead to discolored potatoes. Once peeled and cut, the potatoes can turn brown or grayish in color, which may not impact the taste, but it still makes them less than appetizing. So I use this easy technique to prevent peeled potatoes from turning brown or gray after peeling and chopping them.
How to Prevent Peeled Potatoes From Turning Brown
Here is an easy way to help cut potatoes or peeled potatoes to maintain their natural color and prevent discoloration. This allows you to prep your potatoes a day in advance which cuts down on prep time on the day of your dinner party.
- As you wash peel and cut your potatoes, place the cut potato pieces in a bowl of cold water right after cutting them.
- Then place a lid or plastic wrap over the bowl of cut potatoes and place the bowl in the refrigerator.
Covering the cut potatoes with water and then covering the bowl will help the potatoes keep their natural color for up to to a day.
Here are more tips for mashed potatoes including an easy way to make lump-free mashed potatoes, how to easily keep potatoes warm, dairy-free mashed potato recipes, and recipes to use up leftover mashed potatoes.