How to Store Potatoes: 9 Steps (with Images)

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How to Store Potatoes: 9 Steps (with Images)
How to Store Potatoes: 9 Steps (with Images)

Compared to other vegetables, potatoes are easy to store. With the right techniques, they can last a few months without any problems. Below, you will find many tips on how to make the most of the potatoes you have at home, whether they come from the supermarket or from your own backyard. Come on?


Method 1 of 2: Storing Potatoes

Store Potatoes Step 1

Step 1. Sort the potatoes

When you arrive from the market or garden, take a moment to organize everything. See if there are any with cut bark, bruises or visible damage, as they should not be stored long term because of the accelerated rotting process. In this case, you have a few options:

  • Use the damaged parts within a maximum of two days, cutting the damaged parts first.
  • Cure the potatoes to reverse damage and extend their shelf life.
  • Discard very bruised or rotten potatoes.
Store Potatoes Step 2

Step 2. Store healthy potatoes in a dark, dry environment

After separating the pieces, store the whole ones in a place away from light and moisture, as these things can end up promoting rot. The pantry and kitchen cabinets are good places to store potatoes.

  • It's also good to take care of the ventilation. Potatoes are usually sold in mesh bags that allow breathing, which is ideal. Do not transfer them to sealed jars or bags.
  • If you pick the potatoes yourself, arrange them in layers in well-ventilated baskets or boxes. Place sheets of newspaper between the layers, covering the last one with another sheet.
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Step 3. Keep temperatures low

Potatoes tend to last longer when kept in environments below 10 °C - although it is ideal to keep them between 2 °C and 4 °C, this is not always possible. A cool, dark pantry is often a great option.

The fridge is too cold for the potatoes and can spoil their taste. Check out the steps below for more information

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Step 4. Check potatoes periodically for signs of damage

If you follow the steps above, you will probably have fresh potatoes for a while. After a few weeks, check the inventory and see if you find any signs of a problem, as one rotten unit can end up contaminating the others and it's best to dispose of it as soon as possible. Some "symptoms" to look for:

  • greenish spots. Over time, the potatoes begin to soften and turn greenish due to exposure to light. If the problem is mild, just cut off the stained parts before cooking.
  • sprout formation. If your potatoes start to show sprouts accompanied by green spots and softening, cut them right before cooking. If the plant is too soft or green, throw it away.
  • decay. If the potato looks visibly rotten, has a bad smell, has a soft texture or musty, it is best to throw it away and replace the paper from the storage location.
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Step 5. Cure the potatoes to store them longer

The procedure is a good option for those who would like to have potatoes that last longer or who would like to "recover" plants vulnerable to decay, as the cure ends up closing small cuts and superficial "bruises" in the potatoes. For such:

  • Place the potatoes on a few sheets of newspaper in a cool, dark environment.
  • Raise the room temperature to about 10°C to 15°C.
  • Let the potatoes rest for two weeks. Thus, the husks will be thicker and drier. Now, remove surface dirt and follow previous storage instructions, lowering the room temperature again.

Method 2 of 2: Avoiding Common Mistakes

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Step 1. Do not wash potatoes before putting them away

As much as cleaning gives the impression that the potato will be less vulnerable to rot, in fact, the effect is the opposite. Exposing plants to moisture reduces their lifespan and increases the likelihood of premature rot. Keep potatoes dry whenever possible.

If you've bought dirt-soaked potatoes, let them dry naturally and clean them with a blunt brush to remove the most visible dirt. Wash them only when cooking

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Step 2. Do not store in refrigerator

The refrigerator is too cold to store potatoes well, as low temperatures will cause starches to convert to sugars, affecting the color and taste of food.

If you have stored them in the refrigerator, allow them to gradually return to room temperature before cooking them. Thus, you reduce the sweet effects, but be aware that the results will not be perfect

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Step 3. Do not store potatoes open

After cutting a potato, cook it as soon as possible, as the inside does not hold very well. If it is not possible to cook everything immediately, store what is left submerged in cold water for a day. After that time, it's better to throw it away.

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Step 4. Do not store potatoes near fruit

Fruits like apples, bananas and pears release a substance called ethylene, which speeds up the ripening process - you've probably noticed that fruits ripen faster when stored next to each other, right? Ethylene can cause potatoes to sprout earlier, so separate them from the fruit.


  • If you plant potatoes and have leftovers during the spring, use them for next year's crop. For more information click here.
  • If your potatoes are sweet, move them to a warmer but still dark and dry corner for a week. Thus, sugars will turn back into starches, reducing the sweet taste.

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