How to Brine Potatoes

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Potatoes can be preserved -- or simply seasoned -- with a saltwater brine. (Image: Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Brining is a method of salt-based food preservation and a method of seasoning foods. A basic brine features salt and water in specific amounts. Although meats can be brined prior to cooking, vegetables -- including potatoes -- can also be brined to preserve them in a jar or can or to season them prior to a meal. In either case, brine potatoes with ease at home. This gives your potatoes a distinct salty flavor that pairs well with your other menu items.

Step 1

Wash the potatoes under cold water to rinse off dirt, chemicals and other sediments on the surface of the vegetables.

Step 2

Fill a large mixing bowl with 8 cups of water for every six russet potatoes you plan to brine.

Step 3

Dissolve 1 cup of kosher salt in the water. You may need to stir the water to facilitate the dispersal of salt throughout the water.

Step 4

Place the whole potatoes underneath the saltwater brine and leave them submerged for 2 to 8 hours, depending on how strong a salt-brine flavor you would like them to feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Potatoes

  • Salt

  • Water

Tip

Once the brining has been completed, remove the potatoes and continue cooking as desired.

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