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Old 11-21-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Potato Safety

If I peel my potatoes today and leave them on the kitchen counter covered with water, will they be safe to boil and mash tomorrow?

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:04 PM   #2
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Put them in cold water then in the refrigerator.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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No room in the fridge, thus my dilemma.
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No room in the fridge, thus my dilemma.
What is your weather like in your region? Are the nights cold enough for you to put the peeled potatoes in cold water in a secure container, then put them on a porch or in the garage/carport. We have a bench in our breezeway that I use as an auxiliary "chiller" in the colder months.
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Can you set the bowl on ice in a cooler?
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What is your weather like in your region? Are the nights cold enough for you to put the peeled potatoes in cold water in a secure container, then put them on a porch or in the garage/carport. We have a bench in our breezeway that I use as an auxiliary "chiller" in the colder months.
Looks to be about 43 tonight. I could set it outside. Is there really a safety issue with this? Maybe I better google around - or- just wait until tomorrow to peel them.
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Can you set the bowl on ice in a cooler?
That's a great idea, but it requires a run to the store for ice and I'm too pooped to do that. I think I'll just wait until tomorrow.
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If your temp is what you say it will be, that's about what parts of the inside of a refrigerator are. In view of that, I say peel them, cover with water and put them outside. Just don't let any critters find them. That's one of our concerns where I live, but we've foiled them so far.
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As long as they're covered in water, they should be fine. Cover 'em up and put them in the garage.
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Looks to be about 43 tonight. I could set it outside. Is there really a safety issue with this? Maybe I better google around - or- just wait until tomorrow to peel them.
Yes, there is a safety issue with this. Salmonella is on potatoes; if you peel them and leave them at room temp, it could grow enough to make people sick. According to the FDA, the "danger zone," where pathogens grow quickly, is between 41 and 135 degrees F. I think you'd be all right putting them outside. If you have any ice in your freezer, I'd add some to the container.
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