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Storing Potatoes and Onions

Tips and Tricks for Storing Potatoes

Things to Avoid

First, some things to avoid when storing potatoes:

  • – Warm temperatures will encourage sprouting in potatoes.
  • – Light will cause the potatoes to turn green.
  • – Potatoes stored in dry environment will become withered.


Potatoes can pick up odors from other items (like onions) stored next to them.  For this reason, potatoes need to be stored in isolation.

The Best Methods for Storing Potatoes

It is best to store potatoes in a cool, dark, well ventilated, and humid location.

If stored at 40°F (4°C) at 95% humidity, potatoes can last between 5 and 10 months.

If a potato develops sprouts, just remove them with a knife prior to cooking.

Storing potatoes with apples may slow down the rate at which the potatoes sprout.

If your potatoes have been peeled or cut, and you are not going to cook them immediately, you can soak them in water to prevent them from turning dark.

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