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Here is how to store potatos correctly.

Most people keep potatos in their kitchens because they can be used for so many different meals and prepared in so many ways. Since you probably buy them in bulk to save money, chances are you won’t use the whole bag at once. Thus, it’s important to know how to store potatoes correctly so they don’t go bad before they’re all consumed, so you can get the longest shelf life from them.

The Importance of Proper Potato Storage.

You might be surprised to learn that most people store their potatoes incorrectly. It is possible to store them correctly for several months – sometimes even up to six months – if you store them properly! Because of that, you can’t just keep them on your countertop like some other groceries. You need to know the dos and don’ts for storing them.

It is important to know how to store your potatoes properly to ensure they stay fresh and firm for a long period of time. As a result, they won’t shrivel, turn green or sprout, get soft, smell and many other things. In addition, when you learn how to store potatoes correctly, you won’t have to constantly throw them away and spend more money on them.

We have listed all of our potato storage tips below to help you keep your potatoes from going bad. In this way, you can use every last potato you buy next time you buy a new bag of potatoes.

A Guide to Storing Potatoes.

1. Potatoes should not be washed before storing.

When you buy potatoes, they usually have dirt on their skin. When you store them, do not wash them off. If you put them away as is, they will last quite a bit longer, since washing them adds moisture, which in turn promotes fungus and bacteria growth. Therefore, it’s best to wash them only before using them.

2. Store potatoes in a dry, cool place.

Potatoes can be stored in cool, dark, dry places in your home, like the pantry (away from the sink, stove, and heating vents), or even a ventilated garage. As a result, they will not have humid temperatures that can cause the potatoes to sprout, which is ideal since they have good airflow.

3. Potatoes should be placed in a paper bag, basket, or bowl.

Baskets, bowls, or paper bags are great for storing potatoes because they allow adequate air circulation. In contrast, sealed plastic containers or bags can trap moisture, leading to a damp environment and spoiling your potatoes.

4. Potatoes should be stored in a dark place.

You can leave most foods in the sun or fluorescent light, but not potatoes. Potato skin can become green due to chlorophyll produced by sunlight or fluorescent light. Sunlight can also cause potatoes to produce a toxic chemical called solanine, which can cause people who eat them to experience a bitter taste as well as a burning sensation in their mouths.

5. It is not a great idea to store potatoes in the refrigerator or freezer.

It may be instinctive for you to store your potatoes in the fridge or freezer, but this is a huge mistake that shortens their shelf life. In a cold fridge, potatoes’ starch can turn into sugar due to “cold-induced sweetening.”.

6. Store potatoes away from produce.

Keeping your potatoes in storage might not seem important, but you should pay attention to what you store them next to. Fresh fruit, such as apples, bananas, and others, should be kept away from them. The reason? Those items release ethylene gas, which can accelerate ripening as well as cause sprouting and spoiling of potatoes.

 

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