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How should potatoes be stored?

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  • AMichael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered

    The ideal scenario for storing potatoes is in a dark, dry place between 45 and 50 degrees F., as higher temperatures, even room temperature, will cause the potatoes to sprout and dehydrate prematurely. Unfortunately, this sort of environment is hard to find in most modern houses, so most people simply store them in their pantry or cupboard. Keep the potatoes in a burlap, paper, or perforated plastic bag to allow moisture to escape. Potatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator, as their starch content will turn to sugar, giving them an undesirable taste. Also, try not to store potatoes near onions, as the gases that they each emit will cause each other's degradation. If stored properly, potatoes can keep for up to two months. Check on thepotatoes frequently, removing any that have sprouted or shriveled, as spoiled ones can quickly affect the quality of the others. New potatoes are much more perishable and will keep for only one week. Cooked potatoes will keep fresh in the refrigerator for several days; however, potatoes do not freeze well.

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