Posted: 10/06/2015 at 06:47
Mine usually get done in the microwave. Who in the world plans their dinner more than half an hour prior to food on the table?!
Me I enjoy cooking. Supper is prepped after lunch so it can be cooking while I'm in the garden if need be and the potatoes put on to cook when I come in to wash and change. Don't have a microwave. Had one, don't need it, didn't use it, waste of valuable kitchen space.
Mushy potatoes are mainly down to using the wrong type of potato for the dish planned. Some dishes need waxy potatoes, some need smooth and some need fluffy ones. Often the person making the decisions on the allotment isn't the one making the decisions in the kitchen - the allotmenteer chooses the varieties that give a good yield, are blight resistent etc, rather than choosing for potato type - whereas the person in the kitchen often decides on the menu without knowing which type of potato the allotmenteer has grown. It all comes down to a lot of people needing to know more about potatoes!
This is a really helpful website http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/recipes/list/how-to-cook-the-best
You can check on the best type of potato for the dish you're planning and check the varieties that will give you that result.
Or if you already have your potatoes, check the variety against the recommended recipes etc.