How to Cook Potatoes With Baking Soda

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Getting a kartoffeln mit natron kochen , golden, perfectly roasted potato is one of the most rewarding culinary achievements. It’s not difficult either, after all you just coat the potatoes in some oil and salt and roast them until golden. But making them truly scrumptious takes a little extra effort. One trick that’s guaranteed to bring your potatoes to a whole new level is adding baking soda. It sounds crazy but it really works, and it’s a secret that even culinary masters swear by.

The best time to add the baking soda is during parboiling. Byron shared this tip with Insider and the simple step is the key to achieving incredibly crisp skins on your potatoes when you roast them. The baking soda, which is added to the water along with salt, makes the water alkaline. That’s what breaks down the surface of the potatoes and gives them a much more porous texture that will let them crisp up in the oven better.

Cooking Potatoes with Baking Soda: A Culinary Secret Revealed

Once you’ve parboiled the potatoes, drain them and allow them to sit for a minute or two to blow off any excess steam. Then place them in a roasting tray and drizzle with a generous amount of oil, such as olive oil, ghee or duck fat. Make sure each piece of potato has some space around it to encourage crisping and don’t overcrowd the trays as this will reduce their ability to get properly crispy.

Once you’ve spread the potatoes evenly in a single layer, season with salt and add your favourite herbs or spices such as thyme or rosemary and pop them into the oven for about 40 minutes until they’re brown and crispy. It’s important that you don’t rush this process as the potatoes need to fully dry out in the oven for them to become truly crispy and delicious.