Potatoes are a difficult vegetable to store. Potatoes tend to sprout when you buy a lot at once. However, Potatoes can be stored for a long time without spoiling if you use the following method well.
Basics of storing potatoes
First of all, the basic principle is to store potatoes in a cool, well-ventilated place out of sunlight.[efn note]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-store-potatoes[/efn_note] When potatoes are exposed to sunlight, their skin turns green and the toxic substance solanine increases. Solanine, which is present in large amounts in potato sprouts, does not have a significant harmful effect on humans in small amounts. But it makes the potato taste bitter. Excessive intake may cause vomiting, food poisoning, dizziness, and headache.
Keep the right temperature
The suitable storage temperature for potatoes is 5-10°C (41-50°F). If potatoes are stored in the refrigerator below 5°C (41°F), the color will darken. At this time, the potato starch changes to sugar, and the characteristic taste of potatoes is lost.
Cardboard box rather than plastic bag
Potatoes are often stored in plastic bags, but that’s not a good idea. Moisture trapped in the plastic bag seeps into the potatoes and loses their taste and goes bad quickly.
The best container for storing potatoes is a cardboard box. Roll up the potatoes you bought one by one in newspaper and put them in a paper box one by one. Put the potatoes in a box in a cool, shaded place.
Store potatoes with an apple
It is recommended to put one apple in the potato box to prevent the potatoes from sprouting. This is because apples release ethylene gas, which inhibits potato sprouts.
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