To Boil Potatoes

Very young, new potatoes--the kind hardly bigger than walnuts, should be

put on in cold water and brought quickly to a boil, for potatoes so

young as to be immature contain more or less of a bitter principle,

which is desirable to get rid of in the cooking. Potatoes in their

prime, as from September to March, are best put on in boiling, salted

water. Later in the spring, when the potatoes begin to sprout and

shrivel they ought to be put on in cold water and brought, as slowly as

possible, to a boil, or allowed to stand in cold water for some hours

before cooking.