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Old 02-16-2007, 04:39 PM   #1
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Storing potatoes

Cannot recall who it was that mentioned it is best to store potatoes in a dark place, but that tip helped me alot. I typically store my potatoes in a hanging basket in the kitchen where it is cool this time of year. The potatoes always turned green, so I took the tip and stored them in a dark place (cupboard) in my kitchen and the potatoes have stayed fresh, firm, and no green color at all. Thanks whomever posted that tip!

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Old 02-16-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Thanks Amber- didn't hear about the dark place !
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:47 PM   #3
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I store mine in a basket in a dark place too..is the green safe to eat?..I usually peel it away and discard..
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Old 02-16-2007, 04:49 PM   #4
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I cannot take credit for the tip...but it is right on the money!

Another one I will throw out...don't refrigerate them...the will develope a "sweet" taste...due to starch converting to sugar...

Ever had a baked potato in restaurant that tasted that way??
keep them in a cooler they do...(sometimes/some places)
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:03 PM   #5
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Thanks Amber- didn't hear about the dark place !
Apparently light makes potatoes turn green, which I did not realize, but a cool storage place is important.

good tip uncle bob. I never refrigerate my potatoes, just keep them in a cool and now dark place.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:34 PM   #6
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I store mine in a basket in a dark place too..is the green safe to eat?..I usually peel it away and discard..
I just got through reading an article that says to cut off any green that it is not safe to eat.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:41 PM   #7
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i have a potatoe box that i stoer potatoes that will be used within a short amount of time but for long time i have a storage room under the stairs in the basement that is cool& dark---works well
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:16 PM   #8
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I just got through reading an article that says to cut off any green that it is not safe to eat.
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Everything I've ever read in my years of gardening and cooking says that the green part of the potato "may not be" safe to eat.

I keep my potatoes and onons in stacked wooden crates in a cool corner by my back door. Ideally, it could be a bit darker, but since it's just the two of us, I don't buy large quantities of things like that any more.

If you have some potatoes that sprout, throw them out in the compost pile, and you'll have new potatoes this spring!
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:48 PM   #9
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I have a storage bin in the bottom of my refrigerator. The large bin says Potatoes and the small one next to it says Onions. The cooler air in the refrigerator is always at the top. So the veggie bins are at the bottom and the meat storage is at the top. The egg compartment is inside the box and not on the door. It will hold two cartons of eggs in their original boxes. The panel on the compartment says Eggs.
I have not had any problem with my potato storage but I do remove the potatoes from the original bag and leave them loose in the bin. Same with the onions.
I try to avoid buying potatoes that have been in frozen storage before arriving at the grocery store. You mainly find these potatoes during the summer before the fall/winter harvest.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:46 PM   #10
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Don't store potatoes and onions together--onions make the potatoes sprout.
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