Boil Potatoes In Chicken Stock For The Best Mashed Potatoes

All you need is avocado oil and chicken broth!

A woman named Jourdyn “Jeaux” Parks from San Antonio, Texas recently responded to a comment on her TikTok about people who boil potatoes in plain water when making mashed potatoes:

She was shocked by the cooking travesty!

However, because many people DO boil their potatoes in just water, she came to the rescue in another video to describe how she makes them:

For starters, Jourdyn prefers the skin on her potatoes, so — after she washes them — she rubs them with avocado oil. (If you don’t like the skin, you can just peel it off.) Next, she cuts the potatoes in halves. After that, she puts a little bit of water and sea salt in a pot, then adds chicken broth or beef stock to lock in flavor!

TikTok user @mrs.cford tried Jourdyn’s tater tip, and it changed the mashed potato game for her:

BuzzFeed spoke to Jourdyn, who said her reaction to people not knowing this method to cook potatoes was a combination of shock and amusement. “I know that you CAN boil your potatoes in water. In fact, it’s probably the most common way. I just can’t — for the life of me — figure out why you’d CHOOSE to when stock and broth are options,” she laughed.

Jourdyn learned how to boil potatoes and cook in general from her grandmother. “The best and greatest ‘Gaugie’ (my grandma) in the world taught me to cook my potatoes in broth to add a different ‘flavor profile and depth.’ She was one of the best cooks I’ve ever known, so any and all cooking advice she gave me became my holy grail in the kitchen,” she said.

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She added, “I’ve tasted the difference [between plain water and broth-boiled potatoes], and honestly I can enjoy both. I definitely prefer them with broth — and prepare mine with broth — but, even in water, potatoes are kind of hard to screw up. I’ve yet to have a potato that didn’t sit well with me!”

So, there you have it! If you aren’t already doing so, boil your potatoes in some chicken broth or beef stock and see what you think!

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