What is the best way to store potatoes?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics

Potatoes should be stored in a cool, dark, dry and well-ventilated area. Do not wash or scrub potatoes until you are ready to eat them. It is best to keep them out of direct sunlight as this can cause them to turn green and become bitter. The green color comes from a toxin called Solanine. The levels of solanine in one potato are probably not high enough to make you sick, but nonetheless, you should avoid eating green potatoes. 

Store potatoes in well-ventilated areas at an optimal temperature between 45 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, keep potatoes in perforated plastic or paper bags. Keep them away from sunlight, and don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them. Before using potatoes, cut off any budding sprouts. Avoid using any potatoes that have developed green spots. These are a sign of a buildup of a chemical called solanine, which gives the potatoes a bitter taste.

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