Boil Potatoes In Half The Time With An Electric Tea Kettle

Boil Potatoes In Half The Time With An Electric Tea Kettle

Boiling potatoes is the first step to getting mashed potatoes, and mashed potatoes are something that I want in my face as quickly as possible. To speed up this delicious process, Epicurious recommends enlisting the help of an electric tea kettle.

Photo by David Pursehouse.

If you’re a serious tea drinker, you’re probably aware of the fact that an electric tea kettle can bring water to a boil in mere minutes. (Don’t freak out if you don’t have one though, a stovetop kettle will still expedite the potato process):

The directive is in the interest of saving time. Unlike stovetop tea pots, electric kettles bring water to a boil in just minutes. But even if a basic tea pot is all you have, if you put the water on the moment you walk through the door, you should have boiling water by the time you’ve gathered and prepped the rest of your ingredients.

Just pour your boiling kettle water over chopped potatoes and continue to simmer until your taters are fork-tender. (It should take all of five minutes.) Once they’re done, mash them up, make a hash or roast ’em up crispy.

How to Boil Potatoes in Half the Time [Epicurious]


  • Only Americans don’t know what a kettle is. 90%+ of Aussies already have this magic invention “electric tea kettle”.

  • You save the time it takes the water to boil. Only if you don’t have an induction cooktop which can have much more power available than a kettle which is limited to 2400W, and makes the time to boil a mute point.

  • Pro tip: Ignore the kettle, use your microwave. Halve or quarter the tatas, prick each with a fork, and cook for 5 minutes. Open the door to let the steam out and then nuke them again for 5 minutes.

    Result is soft and creamy without the watery slops you can end up with using water.

  • “a stovetop kettle will still expedite the potato process”

    Wouldn’t a stove top kettle take the same amount of time to boil water as a saucepan would?

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