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Storing potatoes?

Any suggestions for an urban dweller on where to store potatoes? Mostly I buy sweet potatoes and baby varietals (not usually "idaho" potatoes). The fridge made them moldy and the counter made them shrivel'y.


Sun. Mar 2, 8:55am

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I keep them in cool dark place (kitchen pantry) and try to use them within a week of buying them. Also, I usually buy a couple at a a time. I mostly eat the same kind of potatoes as OP.

With sweet potatoes I microwave the whole potato and eat it over the course of several meals (most of them are pretty big). They are OK refrigerated after they are cooked.

Sunday, March 02, 2008, 1:56 PM

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OP here - so by "pantry" do you mean "cabinet" or a closet-type space? and do you put them in something? i read online that the plastic bag i kept them in might've been causing the mold. i googled "storing potatoes" and the few links i checked said "the best place is in a root cellar"... um, seeing as how i don't even have a regular cellar i don't know where to go from there...

Monday, March 03, 2008, 12:47 PM

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Yes, take them out of the plastic bag (anything moist will get soggy if it's in an airtight bag). Put them in a paper bag, or at least open the plastic so they can get air. And then keep them somewhere dark-ish (a pantry or cupboard will work exactly the same - and better than out on the counter in a lot of light.) They should stay good for a week or two, pretty much until the eyes start growing. They shouldn't get shrively or moldy.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 3:49 PM

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