Friday, July 31, 2009

Better Living Through Twitter

I follow Martha Stewart on Twitter so that I can get a peek at what it could look like around here like if I only required two hours of sleep a night and had a team of stylists following my life around with a big open wallet. Martha will also occasionally share one of her Good Things™ that is so good that it is, if not life changing, then certainly life altering. This is one of those tips.

Martha tried three times to post a YouTube video about potato peeling. Each link was a dud. Her last try she cited as a triumph, although that link was dead too, proving that her team should never leave Ms. Stewart unchaperoned with her Blackberry. Intrigued, I searched YouTube for potato peeling videos. (Don’t think about that last sentence too much or you might start to judge me a little.) I believe I found the tip that she had so unsuccessfully been trying to tweet. It is spectacular.

The tip is this: Score a raw potato with one circular line around the “equator.” Boil the potato for 15 minutes. Remove the potato from the boiling water and place in an ice bath for 10 seconds. Hold one hand at each end and pull the peel off. It will slide right out of its skin. It might sound unexciting, but watch the video here (or below) and be amazed. I don’t know which video The Martha was trying to link to, but as always, I like the Japanese version of stuff like this. (The "before" part where the woman is showing how hard it is to peel a potato "by hand" is my favorite.)

As the keeper of the Thanksgiving flame in our family I am thrilled. Mashed potatoes for 15 never looked so easy, peasy, Japanesy.


  1. That's amazing! Have you tried it yet?

  2. You know I follow Martha too - it is nice to see that even those that are the experts do have an occasional blip in their that awful of me??? Oh well too bad.....makes me feel a little better.....

    Now where is my team??? Ooooh thats right - I don't have one either....bugger, now I am going to have to go and clean those bathrooms myself.......

  3. THAT is FANTASTIC! Could you please, please, please post this right before Thanksgiving? Due to that part of my brain that went away when I got pregnant (and never came back) and the 2 weeks of stress dreams I have before Thanksgiving I can't be sure this info will be remembered. You're the best!


  4. Um, why would you peel a potato again?

  5. Wendi - Because there's a cool Japanese video.

  6. Wow. Very cool video. Although I'm with Wendi -- don't bother to peel them, ever.

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