Potatoes are a staple in many kitchens, but they can be tricky to store. If you don't store them properly, they can sprout or start to rot, but if you follow these simple tips, you can keep your potatoes fresh for weeks or for some varieties - even months!
Step 1 is to find a cool, dark place to store your potatoes. A temperature between 44 and 49 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal (6-9 degrees Celsius). Your pantry or cupboard would work perfectly. Just make sure that the area isn't exposed to any light, as this will cause the potatoes to sprout.
Put them in a storage container. A wire basket, burlap sack, wooden basket or even an old pillowcase would work perfectly. Just make sure that there's plenty of ventilation so that the potatoes don't start to rot.
Keep your spuds away from Onions - Always! Onions produce a high level of ethylene gas, which will cause potatoes to ripen, and go bad before you're ready to use them
Last bat not lease, Remember not to wash your potatoes before you store them. Keeping your spuds covered with soil helps them to last longer
And that's it! Just check on your potatoes every few weeks to make sure that they're still fresh. If you see any signs of spoilage, like mould or soft spots, simply discard the affected potato. Otherwise, you should be able to enjoy fresh potatoes for weeks or even months for some varieties!
Potatoes are an essential ingredient in many recipes, but they can be tricky to store properly. Luckily, by following these simple tips, you can keep your potatoes fresh for weeks or even months. So next time you're at Tatties and Spuds shop, stock up on some extra potatoes - your future self will thank you!