There are probably a hundred ways to make potato salad, and while I could be “SEO Optimized” and list all the different kinds that could be made, I’m not. This is just your every day, ordinary, average potato salad.
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I have made probably a few hundred pounds of potato salad over the years (I worked in restaurants), and it’s all pretty basic – to me, at least. Potatoes, mayo, and mustard if you’re a mustard potato salad kind of person. Oh – and a few extra things to make it better!
If you’re like me and can’t manage to boil an egg (honestly – who can’t boil an egg?? Other than me, that is …), find an egg cooker. My new one worked great except the first round I learned I need to fill with a bit more water to see if it will cook the eggs a little more. I don’t have an aversion to raw eggs (shhh – I LOVE cookie dough!), but I am just not a raw-egg-eating kind of girl. Soft boiled eggs gross me out. But if you have trouble cooking or pealing boiled eggs – an egg cooker is your ticket to success! I got this Maverick SEC-2 Henrietta Egg Cooker and it’s worked great! Plus – it chirps when the eggs are done and looks like a hen!
Why make your own potato salad – store-bought is amazing and much easier! Because I didn’t want to run to the store and spend money. Because I wanted to. Because I had the ingredients. Because it’s cheaper.
Here’s how my grocery bill broke down:
- Potatoes: 5 lb bag = $3.72. I used 2-3 pounds, or $1.50-2.25. I’m going to confidently say I used 3 pounds for $2.25.
- Mayo: my 30 oz mayo = $1.94. I used a little over half, so probably about $1.00. If I got a bigger container, my price per ounce would be a bit less.
- Eggs: I used 3 at $0.14 each = $0.42.
- Onion: I bought onions at $0.98/pound and I used a minimal amount, so let’s guesstimate $0.25.
- Seasonings: pennies. Maybe. Depends on how expensive your seasonings are, and if you used fresh celery or celery seed.
- TOTAL COST: $3.92
At our store, a 32 oz (2 pound) tub of potato salad is about $3.50, or $1.75/pound.
You’re right – I didn’t save much (3 pounds of store-bought potato salad would have been about $4.25), but I saved a little. Yes – it is definitely more time consuming. Your time might not be worth a “whopping” 33 cents, and that’s fine. But I also didn’t want to drive to the store, therefore saving me time, fuel (because it was on the other side of town), and potential other purchases had I gone in there for “just potato salad”. Typically, when I go in “just for …” I end up wishing I would have grabbed a cart!
PLUS – when we start harvesting things from the garden – you know, the one that I’m planning and that might end up taking up the entire yard? The one where we plant a TON of potatoes? Yeah – that one. Well, once we start harvesting potatoes, my cost for 3 pounds of potato salad just went down to $1.67!
So in the event you want to try your hand at making your own potato salad, here we go!
Your Average Potato Salad
Your every day, average mustard potato salad
- 2-3 pounds potatoes (peeled or un-peeled)
- 1 small onion or about 1/2 cup chopped
- 1 1/2 c mayonnaise
- 3-4 tb mustard (more or less to taste)
- 3-5 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1/4 c celery or 1/2-1 tsp celery seed
- seasonings to taste, such as salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, other
Directions1. Chop and boil potatoes until soft, or use leftover baked potatoes. Cool enough to handle. Cut into bite-sized pieces. 2. While potatoes are cooking, boil eggs and cool enough to handle. Dice. 3. Put potatoes, eggs, onion, celery, and desired seasonings in bowl and mix. Add mayonnaise and mustard. Potatoes will soak up some of the moisture, so add or subtract amount of mayo/mustard to taste and amount of potatoes. 4. Serve immediately or chill.
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