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How to Store Potatoes in the Kitchen - 14 Tips
How to store potatoes so they can last for a long time?
That’s a very interesting question. You want them to last in good
conditions at least for a week. Even if you just bought them at the
grocery store, you don’t want your hard earned money to go down the
drain. No, my friend is the duty of every potato lover to make sure
they last for a long time. It doesn’t matter if is just one week or
several months; potatoes are too valuable to let them be spoiled.
Storing potatoes in your home is a very easy task. And it is important to store potatoes the right way to keep them as fresh as possible.
Storing potatoes the right way can also make a big difference when you cook them as the potato storage conditions affect their color and taste.
Allowing your potatoes to get spoiled is almost a crime
not that much, but is still pretty bad). Fortunately, there are several
tricks you can use to extend their shelf life until you are ready to
eat them! If you execute every one of these tips to the letter you are
not only going to save some serious cash, but also you will enjoy
potatoes for a longer time.
14 Tips on Potato Storage Ideas - Keep potatoes from spoiling:
The first thing you have to do is to store your potatoes in a cool, dark place with air flow.
The place should not be the refrigerator. Why? Because their starch
will become sugar making them taste sweet and they will get dark if you
try to fry them. If you do not mind the dark color when frying and the
very sweet taste then you can leave them in the refrigerator.
You can take away some of the darkening (produced by refrigeration) by
leaving the potatoes at room temperature for a week and a half.
4- If you peel or just cut the potatoes and you are not going to cook them immediately, you can refrigerate them in a container full of cold water to prevent them from darkening but it will only work for a day (for two days or more there are no guarantees).
(You could use a wood bin with ventilation, a net or paper bag in the absence of a basket.)
At room temperature they will keep for about one to two weeks, so try
to use them within that time frame.
In case you live in the tropics, desert area or is simply summer
(higher temperatures) and use a lot of potatoes weekly, then you should
store them in a dark corner using a vegetable storage rack.
8- You should use various storage units to reduce spoiling, particularly if you are storing red potatoes as they tend to get damaged faster than other varieties. And also try to separate the potatoes as possible from each other.
Ideally, potatoes will remain in good condition for several weeks if
stored between 43ºF (6ºC) to 50ºF (10ºC). The relative humidity should
be around 95% to prevent them from losing water. If the humidity is too
low, they get dehydrated and wither.
not store them in a plastic bag or plastic container unless they are
perforated. The reason for this is you want good ventilation to
diminish the chance of diseases.
You don't have to rinse the potatoes prior storing them but if you
really want to do it, wait until they are completely dry to store them. Dampness can
cause them to look wrinkled and shrunken; that is not a good sight when
you are going to cook potatoes.
12- Do not expose potatoes directly to any kind of light (solar or artificial) because they will turn green and you will have to throw them away. Solanine is produced in the potato when any part is exposed to light for a prolonged period of time. It can be poisonous in large amounts so keep them away from the light.
14- Potatoes with sprouts can be used, just carefully remove the sprouts with a knife before cooking.
Now that you know how to store potatoes, you will always have more than enough to make scrumptious recipes for your family.
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