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Colomba Cooking Tips



Depending on how large of pieces you would like to eat you can cut the large potatoes into halves and cook them for about 20-25 minutes in a pot of boiling water.

Tip: Did you know that the skin of the potato contains the most vitamins and fibers? It is healthy to wash and cook the potatoes in their skins.


Cut the potato in to cubes and boil them. Once the potatoes are at a soft consistency start to mash them and add warm milk, butter and salt.

Tip: In for something special? Add some lemon juice, nutmeg, cheese, curry powder,fresh grounded pepper or any other exotic spice that you may desire.



Start off by peeling the potatoes. The trick to getting a soft potato in the stew to cook quickly is to slice them as thin as possible, or into small diced chunks. The thinner and smaller the potatoes are the faster they will cook.

Tip: You can even boil the potatoes in the microwave or in a boiling pot of water before putting them in your soup preparation. 5 minutes is all you need! READY, SET, STEW!


To cut down on the amount of grilling time you can pre-cook the big sized potatoes in the microwave for about 8 minutes and on high power, and once out of the microwave then puncture them with a fork and rub some olive oil onto the skin. Wrap each of your potatoes in aluminum foil and let them grill on your hot BBQ plate for about 10 minutes. If you do not pre-cook the potatoes have them sit on the BBQ for about 15 minutes.

Tip: Delicious with some nice crème Fraise, cream cheese, dill sauce, or any kind of dressing!


Pressure Cooker

You don't have a pressure cooker, do you? We haven't tried it yet, but we'll come back to you with our best advice as soon as possible... All jokes aside.

Add ½ cup of water to the bottom (or the minimum recommended by the manufacturer) of a 6-quart pressure cooker fitted with a steamer insert. Dump in the potatoes. Cover the pot and cook over high heat until high pressure is reached. Lower the heat to a simmer and maintain high pressure for 5 minutes.

Tip: Try putting in layers of carrots and onions along with your potatoes. Delicious!



Microwaving can:

  • > save up to 30 minutes in preparation time!
  • > preserve the good vitamins that could potentially be boiled away!
  • > keep the texture of the potatoes firm!

In general, we say use about: 10 egg sized potatoes or 4 larger sized potatoes for 9 minutes at high voltage. Add 2 tbl spoons of water, or do not dry off the potatoes once you have rinsed them.

Tip: Cover the dish/bowl to avoid dehydrating of your potatoes and leave them to cool down in the bowl for about 5 minutes after cooking.

Simple Microwaving for a Casual Dinner:

  1. Wash the potatoes
  2. Drain and leave skin on
  3. Prick with a fork to have ventilation
  4. Put them in a dish suitable for microwave cooking (approx. 7-10 min. on high voltage for 4 large potatoes)
  5. After the time check for firmness of the potato by poking a knife into the potato
  6. If the potatoes are still hard return them back to the microwave to cook again for a few more minutes.

Microwaving Potatoes Gourmet Style:

  1. Peel the potatoes (with a knife or a potato peeler)
  2. Cut into even sized pieces
  3. Wash with fresh water
  4. Drain the washed potatoes
  5. Season the cut potatoes in a microwave suitable dish
  6. Add salt and whatever other spices you may like
  7. Pour a spoonful of water into the dish
  8. Put a lid or plate on the top of the dish, but if you are using plastic wrap you should pierce small holes into the wrap
  9. Cook in the microwave at approx. 8 minutes on high voltage for 4 large potatoes
  10. Check for firmness with a fork