Did you know that potatoes need to cure before they can be stored? The curing process hardens the skin, making it less likely for the potato to rot and mold while in storage. This can be achieved in two ways. Farmers will either mow down the plants, wait a bit for them to die off, and then dig the potatoes, or leave the potatoes out in a cool, dark place to form a hard skin. New-skinned potatoes have not been cured. If you look closely at them their skin is flaky and easily peeled. They were dug up while the plant was alive. This makes the flavor delicious and buttery but it also means they are not intended to store. We recommend using them quickly. New potatoes are sweeter and hold their shape better than more mature potatoes. This makes them great for potato salads. They do not need to be peeled and can be cooked anyway you feel like. Their small size makes them great for roasting whole.