Draining Potatoes for Potato Latkes

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Learn how to drain the potatoes for latkes or potato pancakes with expert cooking tips in this free video recipe.

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You can see that the potatoes have been soaking and all this white froth and you can see that the water is kind of pinkish. It doesn't look very appetizing, does it? This is all the starch coming out and I already drained the potatoes once and this is the second bath of water. Depending on how big your bowl is you might want to change the water at least once to try to get all the starch out as possible. You will need to use your hands making potato latkes is not a job for sissy's you got to get in there and feel around. You are going to have to use your hands to feel the texture of the potatoes. You better take off your rings because we are getting dirty. This is probably soaked enough and I'm going to go drain it. Now that we drained our potatoes we got them in a colander and you really want to let them sit for a couple of minutes to get as much moisture out as possible. Since we are frying these latkes you don't want any water to be coming in contact or at least little as possible to come in contact with the hot oil. That is where you get splatters and that is where you can really seriously burn yourself or cause injuries to others. So we are going to have the potatoes sit in the colander for just a minute or two you can kind of press it out just a little bit. Also while you rinse the potatoes back at the sink you want to let water go through for a minute or two. You just want to get it dry and starch free as possible and you can probably see I got a little bit of moisture out we are going to let this sit for another minute and then we'll be ready for our next step.

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