"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Vegetables
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-28-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
Senior Cook
 
Sephora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 173
Potato Bins

My potatoes don't last long in my house. There is no "cool, dry" place to store them and it seems within a week they've started to rot. I was looking for a potato bin and can't seem to find them in stores that I've been to. Any suggestions? Maybe I'm looking at the wrong stores.

__________________

__________________
Sephora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
You could try what I saw Alton Brown do once. He took a large bin (any kind will do) and filled it with clean sand. His root veggies just got buried in the sand. They stayed nice and cool and dark. The only problem is that you can not see what you have in there. You just need to reach in with your hand and see what you can feel.
__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 01:45 PM   #3
Senior Cook
 
Sephora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 173
Alton Brown is a god! I bet you can buy sand at Lowes too. That is an awesome idea. Better than these things going bad all the time. At $4 a bag, I can't keep throwing out food that could be saved if stored differently. Could the bin be plastic or did it need to be wood?
__________________
Sephora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 01:47 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 4,764
Send a message via MSN to urmaniac13 Send a message via Skype™ to urmaniac13
We also have the problem, as during the peak of summer, there is no such place as "cool and dry" on a constant basis inside our flat. We try not to buy so much at a time, and keep them on the net sack, which potatoes are often sold in at supermarkets, and hang it, instead of putting them in a closed bin or plastic bag etc. this way at least the potatoes get some air circulation. It helps and they usually keep up to about 3-4 weeks.
__________________
urmaniac13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 01:49 PM   #5
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
The bin can be made of anything you like. The one he used was plastic. It looked like something you might keep dry dog food in.
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 02:01 PM   #6
Senior Cook
 
Sephora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by GB
The bin can be made of anything you like. The one he used was plastic. It looked like something you might keep dry dog food in.
I've seen those at Walmart. Might be a real good alternative.

Here even if the air circulates, it's very humid and that doesn't help the potatoes at all. The humidity is what is killing them according to what I can find online about potatoes. Cool and dry in North Carolina in August don't go hand in hand. If we get cool, we get wet. Our humidity today is 100% and would probably be higher if there was a higher number they could go to.
__________________
Sephora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 03:51 PM   #7
Assistant Cook
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,694
I store mine in a basket. BUT store the potatoes away from the onions. Makes the potatoes sprout/rot.
__________________
Gretchen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 03:58 PM   #8
Senior Cook
 
Sephora's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 173
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gretchen
I store mine in a basket. BUT store the potatoes away from the onions. Makes the potatoes sprout/rot.
I tried the basket, they got rotten. It's the darn humidity in the south. They got rotten in an open mesh bag and in a plastic bag. That was the worst. I like having potatoes on hand so I really think I'm going to try the bin and sand trick.
__________________
Sephora is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 04:22 PM   #9
Sous Chef
 
FryBoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Hermosa Beach, California
Posts: 586
Send a message via Yahoo to FryBoy
DUMB QUESTON ALERT! DUMB QUESTON ALERT! DUMB QUESTON ALERT!

Why can't you store potatoes in the refrigerator? I don't do it, but I have no idea why!
__________________
FryBoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2006, 04:26 PM   #10
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
You can, but you need to let them come to room temp before you use them. In the fridge the straches turn to sugars. They change back when they warm up again though.

Another reason is space. Some people buy a lot of potatoes at one time. It could take up too much space in the fridge.
__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.