Sunday, January 07, 2007

Value Bags of Potatoes - Keeping em' Fresh

Ever buy those big bag of potatoes because they are such a deal? But the problem is they go bad before you use them all and you are forced to buy smaller quantities (so the Costco and Sam’s run is out of the question for stews). I found some great tips on how to keep them fresh for a longer period of time… enjoy (SOURCE):



Potatoes are pickier than most other vegetables about how they are stored. If you're not careful, they can sprout, sweeten or shrivel.

Steps:


  1. Avoid rinsing potatoes before storing.
  2. Place potatoes in a brown paper, burlap or plastic bag with holes in it.
  3. Store in a cool, dark, dry place. A root cellar, if you have one, is the best storage option.
  4. Make sure the temperature in the area is about 45 to 50 degrees F. Don't store potatoes in the refrigerator, or they will become too sweet.
  5. Avoid storing potatoes with onions because, when close together, they produce gases that spoil both.
  6. Store potatoes no longer than two months if mature. If they are new, store no longer than one week.
  7. Check on them occasionally and remove those that have become soft or shriveled, as well as those that have sprouted.


Tips:


Potatoes sprout as a result of exposure to light or warm temperatures. Avoid freezing uncooked potatoes.


Put an apple with your potatoes, no matter where you store them. It will keep them from growing "eyes".

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