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Cutting Baby Potatoes Ahead of Time

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I know you're supposed to soak potatoes in water if you cut them before-hand. But I've already washed and dried these baby potatoes which I'll be roasting in 3 hours. Can I cut them in half now if I coat them in olive oil (and herbs) right away? Will they still turn brown? I'm hoping the olive oil will protect them from turning brown.

Thanks!

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  1. Since you're going to roast them, why worry if they turn brown?

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    1. re: c oliver

      Are you saying that the turning brown issue is just an aesthetic thing? The oxidation isn't bad for the potatoes?

        1. re: c oliver

          That hadn't occurred to me, so I just did a search. Here's what "the web" says:

          "Uncooked cut and peeled potatoes may discolor, turning pink, brown, or gray. The discoloration is from exposure to air, is not harmful, and usually disappears when the potatoes are cooked. If any discolorations remain after cooking, simply trim and discard the colored portions."

          Thanks for your help!

          1. re: goodeatsgal

            Thanks for looking it up. I've never thought about it before :)