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How to Store Potatoes

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Potatoes are an incredibly healthy source of fuel. They are nutrient-packed and have no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. These eco-friendly self-wrapped veggies are jam-packed with essential vitamin B6, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. Did you know that they have more potassium than a banana and nearly half your daily value of vitamin C?

Selecting the Best Potatoes

Before I dive into how to store potatoes, it’s important that we start off with the best potatoes.  In my experience, organic potatoes don’t have as long of a shelf life as conventionally grown ones. But don’t let that deter you, because after you read the following information, you will want to purchase only organic potatoes.

How to Store Potatoes

  1. Do not wash prior to storing, as it removes the protective coating from the skins.
  2. Keep potatoes in a dark, dry, cool place, around 45-50°F (7-10°C). Higher temperatures (even room temperature) can cause potatoes to sprout and dehydrate.
    • Potatoes should be stored outside the refrigerator, or their starch content will turn to sugar, making them taste bad.
    • Avoid direct sunlight. Sun exposure can form solanine, which is toxic and will make them turn green.
    • Do not store them next to onions, because the gases they emit will cause damage to both.
  3. Place potatoes in either a burlap or paper bag when storing them.
    • If you are lucky enough to grow them yourselves, after harvesting from the garden, lay them out in a single layer in a dark and airy place to let the soil dry on to the tuber. Lightly brush off excess dirt before you store them.
  4. Keep an eye on them; one bad potato can spoil a bagful.

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