Hints & Tips

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy potatoes - find out how to cook your potatoes to perfection whether you're making roast potatoes, jacket potatoes or chips.

Potatoes are the base ingredient for a number of different meals varying in cuisine, taste and style. This 'How to' section includes many techniques so you can explore how to get the most out of your potato recipes. This section also includes the best way to peel potatoes, store potatoes and how to cook potatoes in a microwave. 

Potatoes can be an incredible addition to almost any dish. You could add chips or wedges to the side of a sandwich or burger or serve up a delicious fluffy jacket potato alongside a fish dish. There's also a great guide on how to cook roasted potatoes, a dish which is hard to get right for many; with our method you'll be able to get them right over and over again whether it be for Sunday dinner or Christmas dinner.  

Everyone loves chips! Whether you are having them together with a steak or served up in a butty they are a staple side dish for many a meal. If you’re looking for the healthier alternative, knowing how to make oven chips is a must! We would always say it’s better to make them from scratch rather than frozen because you have a lot more choice on how you want to prepare them! Here’s what you should think about…

Whether they are served up with sausages or mixed up with cheese and spinach, mashed potatoes are a spud staple that are super versatile and delicious. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the texture – some prefer it smooth and buttery whilst others prefer it rustic and chunky. Whatever your preference, we just want you to get them right!

That’s why we thought we would share some tips on how to make mashed potatoes and get them perfect every time!

We think you’ll agree when we say there’s not much better than a crispy, fluffy, piping-hot roast potato on your plate. Spuds are an essential part of any roast and getting them right can make or break the meal! With this in mind we thought it would be a good idea to have a look at a few tips on how to make perfect and delicious roast potatoes.

Put on the oven, whack on some music and let’s get roasting!


There’s nothing quite like enjoying crisp and crunchy jacket potato with fluffy insides loaded with tasty fillings. Also known as a baked potato, you can whip one up in the oven or microwave for a delicious, satisfying and filling meal. It may not be rocket science but we want your spud to be splendid so here are some tips on how to make jacket potatoes perfect every time!

As far as cooking skills go, boiling potatoes is not perhaps the most adventurous, but what they lack in glamour they more than make up for in versatility and usefulness! Whether you’re boiling some up for a salad or serving as a simple side-dish with garlic butter, you’ll want to make sure you get them just right! 

Probably one of the most popular side-dishes in the world, chips (or fries for our overseas friends) are perfect for serving up alongside a main, or even having by themselves with a hearty dollop of your favourite condiment. Knowing how to fry chips properly can make or break your next batch so here are some tips to make sure you get that perfect crispy and fluffy finish!

Certain dishes such as mashed, boiled and roast potatoes require us to peel the lovely skin off of our spuds to create smooth textures. There are actually several ways to go about peeling potatoes from the traditional chopping approach to even speedier methods which you may not have come across before. Ensure the best and smoothest results with our handy guide.

Sometimes time is against us and we don't have time to cook under traditional means, turning to the microwave is a speedy choice where we can knock up dishes with exactly the same quality in half the time. With the spud being among the ultimate quick fixes especially in the guise of jacket potatoes - the microwave approach is more than suitable, find out how to get the best results here.   

Knowing how to store potatoes correctly not only elongates the shelf life of your spuds but also retains the quality. This means your meals are going to be much better off for it. Feast on our insightful and helpful tips to ensure your potatoes are the best they can be when it comes to cooking up your next meal.

Gnocchi offers up a range of culinary delights and you can be made easily with spuds and a few basic ingredients. Learn how to make gnocchi with this delicious, easy-to-follow method which also leaves room for experimentation when it comes to flavour.

A tasty alternative to regular batter-based pancakes! Potatoes act as a tasty addition to the pancake mix and help to support a thicker base for a variation of savoury ingredients. Learn how to cook up potato pancakes in this easy-to-follow method!

Potato rostis are a traditional Swedish dish which has become famous across the world with their incredible taste and satisfying textures. Learn how to make potato rostis right here in our easy-to-follow guide!

Potato salads are one of those dishes you can always count on for a tasty, delicious treat. Here are some tips and some recipe ideas you can get your teeth into!