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    How to properly store potatoes




    Okay so ..... as I went to cut up a few red potatoes tonight many of them were wrinkly and soft, they aren't bad, but they certainly are not nice and fresh.

    I've had them a week so it's expected, normal I guess. I decided to see if maybe I do not store my potatoes properly, and according to this info I am not. I store mine in a large bowl on my counter. Probably too warm, and too bright.

    Here is how they should be stored:

    Proper Storage

    -Store potatoes in a cool, well ventilated place.
    -Colder temperatures lower than 50 degrees, such as in the refrigerator, cause a potato’s starch to convert to sugar, resulting in a sweet taste and discoloration when cooked. If you do refrigerate, letting the potato warm gradually to room temperature before cooking can reduce the discoloration.
    -Avoid areas that reach high temperatures (beneath the sink or beside large appliances) or receive too much sunlight (on the countertop).
    -Perforated plastic bags and paper bags offer the best environment for extending shelf-life
    -Keep potatoes out of the light.
    -Don’t wash potatoes (or any produce, for that matter) before storing. Dampness promotes early spoilage.


    “Green” or sprouting potatoes

    -Green on the skin of a potato is the build-up of a chemical called Solanine. It is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. Solanine produces a bitter taste and if eaten in large quantity can cause illness.
    -If there is slight greening, cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating.
    -Sprouts are a sign that the potato is trying to grow. Storing potatoes in a cool, dry, dark location that is well ventilated will reduce sprouting.
    -Cut the sprouts away before cooking or eating the potato.
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    Re: How to properly store potatoes




    In the olden days, people would have a "root cellar" and store things like potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables there. Sometimes people store them in their basement. I have a basement but I wouldn't store my potatoes there only b/c it's too much trouble to climb up/down the stairs just to grab the potatoes. It's also kind of scary.

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    When they are green I thought they weren't ready for harvesting. Lol

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    This is new, I haven't seen a potato with green skin but thanks as I know now what I should do.
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    Re: How to properly store potatoes




    I had forgotten that I stashed some potatoes in a dark cupboard... I figured I would check on them, since you reminded me of their storage.

    Eek!

    Dark and ventilated can only take your storage So Far, apparently.

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    Ewwwwwww!!!! Omg....


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    Yeahhhhhhhh, I think I heard one murmuring to me... Scary!

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    I store mine in the fridge only after this I used to store them in the cupboard and one had gone all soft and watery and really stunk could not find where the revolting smell was coming from then I did it took months fit that smell to go after that always been in the fridge and they last ages unlike in the cupboard

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    Re: How to properly store potatoes




    I gave up and switched to only buying dehydrated potato shreds...

    They don't spoil or sprout.

    A handful in a mason jar makes them easily transportable or storable. Just add water and let them sit for a few hours or overnight and they're PERFECT!

    Auguson Farms sells big cans of potato shreds, dices, or cubes, for relatively cheap, compared with throwing out 90% of them each time I purchase potatoes... Available online or WalMart or Amazon.

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    Thanks for sharing the tip.
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    I should definitely try this 'the old way'...

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    Great post and very effective green on the skin potatoes. I like it. Thanks for the recipe tip. Keep up the good work.

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