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Old 04-29-2005, 08:46 PM   #1
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Storing Potatoes and Onions Together?

Some one told me not to store potatoes and onions togeather but could not remember why. Does anyone here know? Thanks

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Old 04-30-2005, 11:29 AM   #2
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Supposedly this combination creates a gas that causes both to spoil. I do this and haven't noticed any negative consequences, but I typically use them in less than two weeks.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:03 PM   #3
 
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My onions and potatoes are stored together in the vegetable bin of my refrigerator.

They both last a long time in good shape there without sprouting.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:18 PM   #4
 
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mdmc, I've read the same thing.

CC, you don't notice a different taste & texture in your refrigerated potatoes? I've heard the cold temp converts the starch into sugar, making them taste sweet.

We don't eat many potatoes, so there's not really a storage issue here. I do keep my onions in a basket on top of the fridge ... shallots too ... which is supposedly a no-no because of the warm temp, but I've never had a problem with sprouting ... maybe because they don't sit there long enough.
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Nope, I don't notice a bit of difference.

Potatoes should be kept in a cool dry dark place anyway.
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Quote:
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Potatoes should be kept in a cool dry dark place anyway.
But the air in those veggie bins is humid.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:53 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Potatoes should be kept in a cool dry dark place anyway.
Cool yes, but not cold. But hey if it works for you then that is all that matters.
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Old 04-30-2005, 01:35 PM   #8
 
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Why don't you do a test.

Take a couple pounds of potatoes and divide them in half. Put half under the sink or wherever, and half in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator.

Check in one month, and compare.
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http://aginfo.psu.edu/News/january98/veggies.html

here's a really interesting article about this and other veggies
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:45 PM   #10
 
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I read that, but I still say try my experiment.

For me, since I have been doing this for over a year successfully, it works and your potatoes will last longer.

But, I can only give you advice from what I have learned. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.
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