Tips on how to prolong the freshness of potatoes.
Potatoes are a great store cupboard ingredient as they will last several months if stored in the correct way.
Do not store raw potatoes in the fridge or freezer as the low temperature will lead to an increase in their sugar content, which in turn will affect their taste.
Before Storing Potatoes
- If potatoes were purchased in a plastic bag, take them out. The plastic exposes the potatoes to light and keeps the moisture in, which makes them rot quicker.
- Check for rot as this will quickly spread to the rest of them potatoes.
- Sort the ones which may have holes, broken skin or slight bruising to use quicker than the rest.
- Do not wash them before storing, as this will cause them to rot quickly.
Prolong the life of your potatoes by storing them in a dark, cool, well-ventilated place in your kitchen or basement.
Find a cool place
The ideal temperature to store potatoes is between 45℉ – 55℉ (7℃ – 13℃). Find the coolest part of your kitchen, or basement.
Potatoes need to breathe
Keep them well ventilated and store in a small hessian sac (burlap bag), paper bag, newspaper, natural fibre basket, mesh bag, or cardboard box to allow the air to circulate.
Store away from other fruit and vegetables
Keep them away from ethylene releasing fruit & veg like onions, bananas, pears and apples, as this will cause them to sprout quicker.
Avoid the light
Light can make your potatoes turn green and eating green potatoes may give you a stomach ache! Cut away any green skin or flesh (and any sprouts) and they are good to cook!
Check the potatoes time to time to ensure there is no rot, and they do not smell bad.
Try these potato recipes
Aloo Mattar (potato and pea curry)