You’ve been mashing your potatoes all wrong… and you don't have to peel them first | The Sun

THIS easy cooking hack will save you time and energy in the kitchen while you prep your mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving feast.

A cooking guru has shared how to make the classic dish without having to peel a single potato.


Lora McLaughlin Peterson posts tons of kitchen hacks on TikTok, but one step by step video proved to be the starch of the show.

Normally, to make mashed potatoes, you would peel the skin off all of your potatoes before boiling them.

However, Lora said to cook the potatoes with the skin on – but don't worry, no skin will be in the finished dish. 

“Grab a bowl and put a baking rack on top,” she instructed in the video.

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“Cut your potato in half, lay it on the rack, and smash.

“The rack mashes the potato while leaving the skin behind.”

Viewers were impressed with the trick, with one saying the idea changed her life and encouraged Lora to trademark the tip.

Another commenter said people should put the unused potato skins in the air fryer and sprinkle them with salt and pepper for a tasty snack.  

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You can't have Turkey Day without the turkey, however, trying to cook the frozen bird can prove to be a challenge in the kitchen.

A science teacher on TikTok revealed that you’ve likely been thawing your turkey wrong and the right way will take less than 24 hours.

Jason Latimer claims his tip takes a fraction of the time that it normally takes to thaw a turkey in the fridge. 

“Now a 20-pound turkey in a refrigerator could take three and a half to four and half days [to thaw],” he said in a video that he shared on TikTok. 

“I’m going to show you how to do it in a handful of hours. 

“The secret is to put it in ice water,” he continued. 

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Jason explained that water is “far more efficient at transferring heat than air,” and as long as you keep the water close to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the process will work.

He said it should take about 30 minutes to defrost each pound of meat, so a 20-pound turkey only needs about 10 hours.



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