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    benb89 is offline Seedling
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    Default Thin skin on potatoes

    My Maris pipers are showing all signs of being ready, everything above ground has died back and they look to be a good size, however the skins are very thin, so thin they can be peeled with a finger nail. Do they need to be left in the soil longer? Or is this just how they're going to be?
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    Once they are out of the ground and in storage, the skins will toughen up.
    I think.
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    Farmers leave tatties in the ground to "harden" them for storage up here, if you only have a few you wish eat quite quickly, then eat them now, just like a Jersey Royal(or similar) the skins are soft on new potatoes.
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    Yes cut off all the leaves & leave them in the soil then the skins thicken up,then when you wash them the skin stays on.
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    If you like to eat them with the soft skins hen steam them until the skins burst and enjoy with nice salty Irish butter

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    It is also an old trick to leave to tubers on the ground for a sunny day or two to harden the skins, but this can expose them to pests!
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    As Can says, eat them with the thin skins on with a dollop of butter and salt..yum!!
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