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Subject: Tool to dice cooked potatoes ?
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: parisgreycat[at]aol.com (ParisGreyCat)
Date: 27 May 2002 15:56:11 GMT
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Please recommend a tool or machine that will dice boiled potatoes into small
even cubes. I can do it by hand, but it's a lot of work. I used an old
veg-o-matic but I had to feed the potatoes into the machine twice, and it
didn't work too well. 
Can the LePresse, from the infomercial, work any better at dicing things ?

Also, do you have to re-feed the potatoes sideways into the LePresse to get the
actual cube size - or is there someway to get the cube size with just one
run-through ?

thanks,
Grey Cat

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From: penmart01[at]aol.como (Sheldon)
Date: 27 May 2002 16:44:29 GMT
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ParisGreyCat writes:
>Please recommend a tool or machine that will dice boiled potatoes into small
>even cubes. 

Simplest way to attain diced boiled taters is to dice em *before* cooking.

Chefs knife works just fine for typical home-use quantites... there do exist
machines for commercial quantities but they are expensive, hardly justified for
occasional use. 

Perhaps you need instructions for how to pare, eye, square-up, slice/dice...
strive to obtain large-sized/uniformly-configured ("chef" grade) spuds.

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From: blair[no spam][at]world.std.com (Blair P. Houghton)
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 23:52:51 GMT
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Or if you prefer, Cat, I can teach you the proper mechanics
for eyeballing, squaring, winding up, and pitching a half-boilt
spud at the head of a certain loudmouthed newsgroup lout.

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From: stan[at]temple.edu
Date: 27 May 2002 18:07:08 GMT
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ParisGreyCat wrote:
> Please recommend a tool or machine that will dice boiled potatoes into small
> even cubes. I can do it by hand, but it's a lot of work.

Frankly, there's no substitute like a sharp knife. With a knife and a
decent cutting board, you can dice a lot of cooked potatoes quickly.

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From: Andrew Nicholson 
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 14:23:08 -0700
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Find a cheap potato chip press. It will have multiple blades
at right angles to each other. Normally used to cut potatoes into long
fries before frying them.

Instead of pushing the whole potato through it at once, press it so
that some of the potato has gone through and use a knife to slice of
the cubes. Repeat until the potato is done.

Don't over cook the potato or the press will just mash it..
cheers, AndrewN


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