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Old 10-14-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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How to store sweet potatoes?

Is it best to store sweet potatoes in the fridge or at room temperature? When I store them at room temperature, they seem to go bad very quickly. When I store them in the fridge, they don't seem to taste as flavorful. I don't want to keep throwing them out and waiting money. Help!

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Old 10-14-2012, 11:47 PM   #2
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They need to be kept cool (but not cold) and dry. I store them in the cellar. They seem to keep fine for at least a month if it isn't too warm.
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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They need to be kept cool (but not cold) and dry. I store them in the cellar. They seem to keep fine for at least a month if it isn't too warm.
I wish I had a cellar! I live in an apartment, so I don't have too many alternatives :(
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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I keep mine in a cool spot in my kitchen in the veggie rack. Pick the dirty ones, veggies with dirt on last longer! Don't put your veggies near appliances, the heat given off by stoves, fridges etc. make them go limp quickly.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:58 AM   #5
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I keep mine in a cool spot in my kitchen in the veggie rack. Pick the dirty ones, veggies with dirt on last longer! Don't put your veggies near appliances, the heat given off by stoves, fridges etc. make them go limp quickly.
Great idea! Do you think it would be okay to store them in a cabinet? My kitchen is small so appliances are near pretty much everything.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:13 AM   #6
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Great idea! Do you think it would be okay to store them in a cabinet? My kitchen is small so appliances are near pretty much everything.
I find they start sprouting when kept in the dark. My kitchen is small too, I put my veggie rack next to the washing up basin out of the sunlight. When I had them next to the fridge they went bad quickly.
Hope this helps :)
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I seem to recall that there some varieties that store better than others. Keeping them cool and dry is the key. My mother used to wrap them in newspaper first. They kept a good long time, but then in our house, sweet taters had a short life expectancy anyway.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I'm guessing that they lost flavor in the fridge because of the dampness. It tends to be warm in my apartment, so it's a challenge to find a cool place to keep produce other than the fridge.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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They seem to be doing well in my refrigerator, on th top shelf, where it is a little bit warmer than the bottom.
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They seem to be doing well in my refrigerator, on th top shelf, where it is a little bit warmer than the bottom.
Do you put them in a paper or plastic bag?
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