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5 Ways To Store Potatoes So They Last For Months9 min read

Oct 9, 2021 6 min
5 Ways To Store Potatoes So They Last For Months

5 Ways To Store Potatoes So They Last For Months9 min read

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How to store potatoes? Most people don’t think about how they are storing their potatoes until it’s too late. By then, your spuds have been sitting in a hot and humid place for an extended period which often leads to sprouts. If you want to avoid this problem, follow these simple guidelines on how to store them correctly so that they will last longer!

Best Way To Store Potatoes

Keep potatoes in a well-ventilated container and store them in a cool, dry place. Don’t put them under your sink or in your refrigerator because these areas can become hot and humid which is how sprouts start growing on vegetables like the potato (and how mold begins to grow).

It’s also important not to keep potatoes near onions because when they are stored together, the gases that onions emit will speed up how quickly potatoes rot.

A well-ventilated container allows air to move in and out of it but also keeps light from getting into it (too much light will make potatoes start sprouting). You can use a glass jar or even an old paper bag with some holes poked through so air can come in. Just be sure to keep your spuds away from any strong scents by not storing them near anything that smells like garlic! If you want to store your potatoes for more than two weeks, don’t wash them before you put them away because moisture hastens how fast they go bad.

You should avoid keeping unpeeled potatoes in plastic bags, Tupperware containers, or any other type of sealed container because a lack of air will encourage the growth of mold and bacteria.

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Option 1 – Root Cellar Storage

Root vegetables like potatoes need to stay in a cool, dark location. This is why they are usually found in root cellars or basements where the temperature hovers around 50°F all year round. The vast majority of people don’t have a root cellar, so you’ll need to find another place in your home that is cool and stays dark.

How To Sort and Cure Fresh Potatoes

There are many different ways to sort and cure fresh potatoes. First, you should remove any excessively damaged ones from the bunch because they will spoil quickly if not used within a few days or stored with another method for long-term storage such as refrigeration. Once your batch has been sorted into usable pieces (without holes in them) then comes what is called “curing” which helps keep out moisture.

You’ll have better luck with thick-skinned russets and other brown potatoes than delicate fingerlings or red-skin varieties. To prepare for curing, lightly rub some of the extra dirt off your chosen vegetables before setting them on newspaper in a dark space for up to two weeks – this process hardens their skins so that they last longer in storage while also making sure those delicious flavors don’t get lost at all! 

While washing is tempting, it’s important not to do it because then you risk losing nutrients like iron which are found mainly between skin layers, always leave these guys dirty if possible.

Store Raw Potatoes in a Cool Place

  1. Store potatoes in a well-ventilated container, ideally one with holes on the sides to allow proper airflow. 
  2. Keep them in a cool place that is not exposed to sunlight or extreme temperatures. 
  3. Store your potatoes away from onions and other vegetables because their smell can seep into food easily when they are stored together. 
  4. You should also avoid putting unpeeled potatoes in plastic bags, Tupperware containers, or any type of sealed container because moisture will encourage how fast mold grows inside these items.    

Keep Away From Light

The best place to store potatoes is in a dark, dry space. If you have a pantry with shelving that can be closed off from exposure to sunlight and moisture, this will work nicely for storing your potatoes. Make sure the temperature of your storage area does not fluctuate too much or it might cause sprouting or molding on the spuds if they are exposed to extreme temperatures.

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Place in an Open Bowl or Paper Bag 

If you don’t have a pantry or other area to store your potatoes, an open bowl on the counter is going to be the next best place. If this isn’t possible for how reason then putting them into a paper bag will help keep in moisture and block out light as well.

Don’t Wash Before Storing

Do not wash your potatoes before you put them in storage. Washing the spuds will cause them to become more susceptible to moisture and fungus growth which can lead to sprouting sooner rather than later. Just scrubbing off any excess dirt is fine, but don’t give them a full-blown bath when they are destined for storing until you’re ready to cook up some deliciousness with those taters!

Keep Away From Other Produce  

As with any other fruit or vegetable, potatoes don’t like to share. It’s best if you keep them away from other products in your fridge because the ethylene gas that many veggies give off can speed up how fast they sprout. 

In addition to keeping your spuds away from other produce items, make sure they aren’t near any fresh herbs or flowers. The same ethylene is at play here which means you’ll want to keep those blossoms a good distance from the potatoes as well if they are going into storage for a while.
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Option 2 – Rebury Potatoes Outdoors

If you can’t seem to keep them in a dark place without neglecting them until they sprout, consider burying the leftover spuds outside. Just dig a small hole and bury them under about four inches of soil with their leafy side up so that they have room for new growth as well as airflow. As long as they are not exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, your potatoes will be just fine!

Option 3 – Slice and Blanche Potatoes for Freezer Storage

If you want to keep your potatoes from sprouting, but don’t have a lot of storage space either, try blanching and freezing them. After boiling the potatoes for about five minutes, remove them from heat and drain well before plunging into ice water for at least half an hour. 

Then dry the skin with paper towels or let it air-dry completely before transferring to freezer bags or containers so that they are not touching each other inside. Label the container with the date and how many potatoes are inside, then freeze.  Use this method for any kind of fresh potatoes, such as russet potatoes and red potatoes.

Option 4 – Pressure Can Potatoes

If you have a pressure canner, making your own canned potatoes is simple and easy. You’ll know how long to process them in the water bath by reading the instruction book that came with it. If no time recommendation is given for potatoes, use 20 minutes at ten pounds of pressure instead.

Option 5 – Dehydrate for Potato Flakes

If you like to make your potato flakes, keep potatoes in a cool dry place for several weeks until they get wrinkly. Then cut the peeled and boiled potatoes into cubes or slices about an inch thick. Place them on trays of your dehydrator with space between each piece. Set the dehydrator at about 130 degrees F and check them after around six hours. If they are not brittle, leave them another few hours or until crispy.

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Signs That Potatoes Have Gone Bad

Signs that Potatoes have gone bad include sprouts, greening or yellowing skin, bruises, and soft spots. If the potatoes are wrinkled when you buy them this is a sign of dehydration and usually won’t affect their taste but if there are any signs of mold it’s best not to use these either. Make sure your eyes check carefully before buying new ones next time! 

And most importantly make sure you follow proper storage methods so that your delicious spuds stay fresh until you’re ready to eat them. You’ll thank yourself later with some tasty home-cooked french fries!

Tips for Selecting the Best Potatoes

When buying potatoes, the most important thing is for them to be fresh and healthy. When selecting your produce at home or in a store make sure they have these qualities: 

  • Firm-they should not feel soft or spongy when pressed gently against one another. 
  • Smooth skin without any bruises/injuries which can mean spoilage due to injury during harvest (or transport). 
  • Free from sprouting means those with visible signs of growth already will rot faster than normal and Clean means they should be free of dirt, rust, and any other type of contamination.

Conclusion

You can keep potatoes in a well-ventilated container and store them in a cool, dry place. Don’t put them under your sink or in your refrigerator! If you are struggling to find the perfect potato storage solution for your kitchen, our team of experts would be happy to help. We have plenty of ideas on how best to care for these important vegetables that form the foundation of many delicious dishes.

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