Ah, the potato. It’s simple, salt of the earth, kind of vegetable. Nothing fancy like your eggplant or beetroot, you know? Potatoes are an old classic and they’re versatile as hell. It’s why we love them so.
Over the years, the Lifehacker team has come across a lot of spud hacks. Like, a real lot. We enjoy our taters over here, and we want to know everything about how to cook these babies. Apparently, so do you guys. So, we thought we’d pull together a collection of some of our favourite potato prepping practices and list them out for you in one place.
Check it out below!
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Best baked and roasted potato recipes and tips
Who can deny Jamie Oliver knows his way around a potato? This recipe takes piper potatoes and mixes them with ingredients like sausage, cranberries, polenta and walnuts – tasty as hell.
Okay, so not technically roasted or baked, but this recipe is too good not to include. This one is a real favourite amongst the Lifehacker team. Garlic and potato make such a sweet pairing and the TikTok hack achieves crispy, fluffy potatoes without an oven.
This one comes from former Celebrity MasterChef contestant Tilly Ramsay, and it offers a sweet hack for nailing crunchy potatoes with fluffy insides. Believe us, we’ve tried it out.
Another celeb sharing the goods on how to improve your potato game. This time Nat’s What I Reckon shares his secrets, and they’re good. Oh, so good.
The air fryer is a nifty little device, ain’t it? Check out how to use it to get your taters nice and crunchy
According to one Aussie mum, the best seasoning for roast taters is dry French Onion soup mix.
Want to get real fancy with your next rendezvous with a potato? Hit that baby with some duck fat.
TikTok hacks are hit or miss. This one, using baking soda, is a certified winner.
Classic, simple, delish. Here’s your guide to getting your baked ‘tato game on point.
This tip turned heads on TikTok, and shortly after it gained a whole lot of attention from the sweet potato recipe fans here on Lifehacker.
Best mashed potato recipes and guides
Feeling lazy? No judgement, we get it. Here’s your go-to microwave mash hack. You’re welcome.
Not all spuds were created equal in the game of mash.
Want to elevate your mash a little? Pop some French onion dip in there! Here’s a full explainer on how.
Do sweet potatoes count? Ah, well. We’ve included them. This isn’t strictly mash-related, but it does give a nice little explainer on microwave sweet tater mash.
Hot chip recipes and hacks
Who doesn’t want quick and easy access to hot chips at all times? Read how to achieve that here.
A very serious, and important, explainer to cooking the ideal hot chip.
Reheating chips is a tricky space to navigate but lucky for you, we know the best way to do it. Learn for yourself here.
Microwaves and hot chips are usually not the best of friends. But in this piece, we show you how to make it work – really, really well.
Hash brown tips
Leftovers are a beautiful thing. Especially when those leftovers become hash browns. Here’s your guide to making them at home.
Did you just buy yourself a waffle iron? Here’s your hack to ensuring you’re buying the best frozen spuds for hash browns.
There you have it, folks! Our starch-filled bible of delicious hacks. Hope you get some gems out of it.