by United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Information, Radio Service in [Washington, D.C.] .
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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. Potatoes can be harvested as you need them, but at some point, you need to dig the whole crop up to preserve before it freezes. Now that you have a whole bunch of spuds, how to keep potatoes fresh and usable? Storing garden potatoes is easy as long as you have the space and a cool location. You can do a few things before you dig up the taters to ensure that potato . I prefer burlab bags lined with black cotton for my garlic and onions, so put potatoes in all 3 cans. They are well made, sit level, wash easily, block out most light, and don't have sharp edges. This would be perfect though for cooks that buy only a few potatoes and onions, loose, at a time. Potatoes keep best when placed in a well-ventilated container and stored in a dry location, away from sunlight, and at temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees F. That isn’t too easy to find in most homes today but if you place them in a paper bag, cardboard box, or bowl (not in a plastic bag) and keep them in the coolest part of the kitchen or.
How to Store Potatoes. Compared to most other vegetables, potatoes store fantastically. With the right storage techniques, good potatoes can last several months. Knowing the ins and outs of proper potato storage is essential for getting 98%(47). If you’re currently storing raw potatoes in the fridge, you might want to have a rethink, because reports have highlighted the potential health risks of keeping them at low temperatures. Storing potatoes in a crate lined with straw Root Cellars and Basements. If you have a root cellar or unheated basement, storing potatoes is easy because earthen walls stabilize temperatures in exactly the range potatoes prefer. Underground spaces also tend to be quite humid, a mixed blessing for stored potatoes. Potatoes are best stored in a cool area where the temperature remains between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In your home this would be an unheated porch or cellar. If you do not have one of those areas, a dark cupboard may be the next best place. Potatoes that are stored in the optimum temperature will last up to two months.
The best way to store sweet potatoes is to select an area that is dry and cool. Those areas that come to mind for storing sweet potatoes in the home include a garage, basement or cellar. It is important to meet these environmental conditions or it could result in your harvest becoming rotted or : Danielle Ernest. When to Plant Potatoes. Potatoes prefer cool weather. In Northern regions, some gardeners will plant the first crop of early-maturing potatoes in early to mid-April, 6 to 8 weeks before the average last frost date or as soon as the soil can be worked; they can survive some cool weather but the threat of frost is a gamble. If there is a threat of frost at night, temporarily cover any . 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. Storing your potatoes in the correct way should see them lasting for several months, be sure to keep checking up on them as any rotting can spread if they are close in contact with each other. If you do spot any signs then you may need to throw them out. There are several ways to further elongate the lifetime of your spud! If you place your.