I can’t begin to tell you how useful a potato is, as it gives us so much in many different ways. But one thing is for sure, whenever I cook them, it’s always a blast. It does not matter if it’s a boring, ordinary day – when potatoes are on the table, the kids think it’s a feast!
How do you cut and prepare your potatoes?
There are so many ways and styles of cutting potatoes. This is what makes them more interesting for consumers. The way we cut them makes these potatoes much more exciting.
Stick with me, and we will learn how to cut potatoes into wedges!
What You Will Need
- Peeler (optional).
- Cutting board.
How To Cut Your Potatoes Into Wedges
You can cut your potatoes into sticks, like the common fries you order from fast food restaurants, or the cubes you usually eat in every meal. But this time, we will cut them into wedges. This type of cut is great because it’s applicable to a wide range of recipes.
Clean your potatoes – Wash it with water, and rub it until it is clean. They will take away the dirt, germs and harmful chemicals.
Peel the potatoes – If you are the type who doesn’t like to cook potatoes with their skin on, you can peel it off. Some recipes call for a potato with skin on, others do not.
Prepare your cutting board and knife. Put the potato on top of the cutting board and slice the potato in half, lengthwise.
Get the two halves of the potato and cut it into thirds. Now, you have your wedges! These are very big. Would you like smaller ones?
If you like big wedges, you can stop at Step #4.
However, if you like them smaller, then proceed to this step. Cut the big wedges lengthwise again and then you will have the size that you like.
You can cut it again if you like, but it might be too small. It is up to you.
Here is a video that will show you how to follow the easy steps above:
What Are The Different Ways To Cut A Potato?
Apart from wedges (mentioned before), there are other ways to cut them. It really depends on what dishes you are going to make. To give you an idea, here are the three other common potato cuts:
- Slices – You can cut the potato into slices, making them as thick as you need.
- Sticks – Cut the flat part of the potato first, just like you do when you are making slices. Then, simply cut the slices lengthwise to make sticks! This style is sometimes called batons cut or Julienne (depending on the size).
- Cubes – Follow the same process as sticks. Just cut the sticks in small portions and you will have cubes! Cubes are also called dice potato, and you can cut them into small, medium or large sizes.
Want to become more adventurous and stylish with your potatoes? There are what we call special cuts and you will need special kinds of knives to make them.
Do you want to learn more?
- Crinkle Cut – This type of cut gives the surface of the potato a corrugated design. It is also called “ruffle” or “wavy” cut. It is most commonly applied to potato fries, but the crinkle cut can also be applied to wedge, sticks and slice cuts.
- Mushroom Shape – This is widely used by culinary experts out there, as the shape is used for into certain recipes. It is too complicated to give you all the steps, but the below video will give you an idea of how to do it.
Here’s a video to make it much easier for you to follow all the steps. It is always fun to watch a video on how to do the different cuts. So, here is another one folks, enjoy!
- Potato pieces that are leftovers after cutting could be used for soups or other related recipes. The peelings can also be converted into stock.
- To make a crinkle cut, you need to have a crinkle knife. Here’s what it looks like.
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That wasn’t hard at all, right? Now you know how to cut your potato into wedges and better still, you have learned other types of cutting as well. Wasn’t that fascinating?
If you found this article informative and fun, share it with your cooking savvy friends and let’s cook some potatoes!