Health & Wellness

How to Store Potatoes So They Last for Months (Yes, Months)

Potatoes, often overlooked but incredibly versatile, can last a long time if stored properly. Here’s everything you need to know about storing potatoes to keep them fresh:

The Science Behind Potato Storage:

  • Respiration: Potatoes continue to respire after harvest, which leads to decomposition.
  • Storage Conditions: Storing potatoes in a cool, dark place slows down decomposition and prevents sprouting.
  • Avoiding Ethylene Gas: Potatoes and onions should not be stored together as they produce ethylene gas, which accelerates ripening.

How to Store Potatoes:

  1. Dark Storage: Keep potatoes in a dark, cool place with a temperature of about 50°F and high humidity.
  2. Airflow: Ensure potatoes have good airflow to prevent moisture buildup.
  3. Separate from Onions: Store potatoes and onions separately to prevent sprouting.
  4. Avoid Warm Spots: Keep potatoes away from warm areas like the oven or the top of the fridge.

Signs of Spoilage:

  • Mold: Look for any signs of mold on the potatoes.
  • Black Spots: Check for black spots, which indicate spoilage.
  • Soft Spots: Avoid potatoes with soft spots or wrinkled skin.
  • Green Color: Green potatoes should be discarded as they can taste bitter and may cause digestive issues.

By following these storage tips and being vigilant for signs of spoilage, you can ensure that your potatoes stay fresh for longer, allowing you to enjoy their versatility and flavor whenever you please.

Barbara Livingston: Empowering Wellness Through Accessible Insights.