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Old 05-02-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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Best way to store potatoes?

I just bought a bag of assorted small potatoes including red bliss and purple. Is it best to refrigerate them or not? They were packaged in a mesh bag.


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I just bought a bag of assorted small potatoes including red bliss and purple. Is it best to refrigerate them or not? They were packaged in a mesh bag.
Store them in a cool, dark place, but not the refrigerator; temps that cold cause the starch to turn to sugar. Exposure to the sun will cause them to start sprouting and turning green. Also, don't store them near onions; onions emit gases that speed the sprouting of potatoes.
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Best way to store potatoes?

Sounds like someone went to Costco! Don't store them in the fridge, it makes them sweet and yucky. A cool dark place out of direct sun is good. I keep mine on the kitchen counter.

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Thanks GotGarlic and Dawgluver! Actually I got them from Whole Foods. Do you think it would be okay to store them in the pantry closet?


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Pantry closet would work.
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Pantry closet would work.

Great! I think there would be too much sunlight on the kitchen counter so the pantry closet is where they'll go. What is the typical shelf life for potatoes?


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They can last for several weeks. I have two basket-drawers built in to my kitchen peninsula; I keep bread products in one and potatoes in the other.

If you put them in some sort of closed container, you can keep them on the counter, but a closet works fine, too.
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Great! I think there would be too much sunlight on the kitchen counter so the pantry closet is where they'll go. What is the typical shelf life for potatoes?


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They can last for several weeks. I have two basket-drawers built in to my kitchen peninsula; I keep bread products in one and potatoes in the other.

If you put them in some sort of closed container, you can keep them on the counter, but a closet works fine, too.
Even after they start to sprout from the eyes, I break off the sprouts and the potato is still good as long as it hasn't been growing for too long, or gotten soft.

We store potatoes, onions, and garlic in baskets on the otherwise useless 18 inches of counter between the fridge and the wall. The potato basket is covered, but the onion and garlic baskets are open. All were bought from a friend in the Bahamas who makes and sells baskets made from palm leaves and native grasses, and were intended from the start to be functional kitchen accessories, not decorative art.
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Growing up, with a basement and basement pantry. We had a potato bin in the very cool basement pantry. There was a small window cracked open in the winter to let in the cold air. The pantry was cooler than the rest of the basement. Hundreds of pounds of potatoes were put in the bin in the fall. For most meals we had to go down to the bin and bring up enough for 6 people. Nearly every day.
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So should onions be stored out of the fridge as well? I have one in the fridge now.


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