The Best Way to Store Potatoes, According to the Experts: Potato Farmers

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By Cooking Panda

In times like these, folks are opting to purchase food in bulk. Potatoes are packed full of nutrients, they are relatively cheap, and easy to prepare in a variety of ways! They can also keep very well, if you know what you’re doing. Potato farmers are constantly tasked with storing potatoes effectively so they can be distributed to grocery stores and restaurants nationwide. What’s their secret? They have a few tips and tricks they’d like you to know!

Before you can store your potatoes, you need to know how to shop for them. For fresh potatoes, remember they don’t need to look perfect. You can cut off any imperfections when you’re preparing them and they’ll taste just the same. (If you have freezer space, you may want to opt for some frozen potatoes. They don’t require much preparation, so they are perfect for busy families.) When storing your fresh potatoes, you want to keep them in a cool, dark place that is also ventilated to allow air flow. There’s no need to stick them in the refrigerator or freezer.

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It’s best to leave them out loose so air can easily reach them. It’s also very important not to wash the potatoes before storing – leave that for when you’re ready to cook them. If you store a damp potato, it will likely rot more quickly. If you do end up with a couple of potatoes in the bunch that are spoiling, it’s best to remove them so they don’t affect the others. Many people believe that when a potato develops little sprouts, they are no longer good to eat. This isn’t true – they are perfectly fine to eat! Just cut off the sprouts and cook as you normally would. 

The potato possibilities are endless! Mashed, baked, roasted, fried…maybe even make a potato soup. Once you cook potatoes, most dishes can be refrigerated to enjoy later as well. You’ll never run out of ideas, and once you follow these easy storing tips, you’ll have plenty of potatoes to experiment with and find the recipes you like best! 

Source: Potatoes USA

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