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Old 12-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #11
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I would trash them, too, but potatoes should not be stored in a plastic bag. They need air circulation around them in order to prevent the mold problem you had. Next time, take them out of the bag and put them in a bowl or basket in a cool, dark place that allows air circulation. Don't refrigerate them.

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Old 12-09-2007, 06:00 PM   #12
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If you do refrigerate them, let them come to room temp before using. When they are placed in the fridge some of the starch is converted to sugar. It will revert back to starch when it comes back to room temp though.

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Old 12-09-2007, 07:50 PM   #13
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I was just going to mention that GB. I did not know about the sugar reverting back to starch. I just know that one time I refrigerated my potatoes and ended up with a very sweet mashed potato dish. It was so gross!!!!!
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Old 12-09-2007, 07:52 PM   #14
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I always store my potatoes in a mesh bag or in my wire mesh hanging basket. In my nearly 50 years of cooking, I've never stored my potatoes in the refrigerator.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:07 AM   #15
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one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch giiirl! whoo! (doing my best michael jackson)

i would have tossed the fuzzy one, scrubbed the others well, removed any spots or eyes, then boiled or fried the wee spuds, as yt mentioned.

potatoes are very hearty and can withstand a lot of oogies and yuckies without going bad or being harmful.

i'm sure a few tubers have been chucked from root cellars over the years without ruining the lot.

gb, that's interesting about the sugar/starch conversion. i didn't know that it could go back and forth. need to do some research.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:17 AM   #16
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one bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch giiirl! whoo! (doing my best michael jackson)

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