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MikeS.

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Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 12:28 AM (permalink)
What is the best way to store whole potatoes? I get tired of buying a bag and they go south on me in a short time.

MikeS.
 
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    CajunKing

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    RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 12:44 AM (permalink)
    Mike

    Dark, Dry, and cool

    I put mine in a plastic bin on the floor of my pantry. The usually stay for some time....If I dont eat them too quickly that is.

    Donald
    cajunking
     
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      Fieldthistle

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      RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 1:53 AM (permalink)
      Hello All,
      Cajunking has it right. We always put them in our wooden potato bin down in the darkest, coolest part of the
      basement. By late Feb. or early March they are wrinkling up and springing spouts. Keep away from the furnance.
      We also cover the windows in that part of the basement even though they are small windows.
      But we grow bushels of potatoes and eat alot of them.
      Mike, if you don't use them alot, just buy a few at a time. Never refrigerate.
      Take Care,
      Fieldthistle


       
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        Jimeats

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        RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 6:42 AM (permalink)
        Well it's Aug 14th new crop is just around the corner. Remove any bad or bruised spuds and use them first, don't store in close proximity of onions, and the cool dark location is the way to go. I have a root celler so I'm lucky in that sence. I also have a spud box upstairs in the mud room holds about 10lbs for easy access. If you have a large ammount they must be rotated on occasion, nothing smells worse than a rotten potato. Chow Jim
         
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          Sundancer7

          RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 7:33 AM (permalink)
          I have a pantry and it is pretty small. I store potatoes in there and I forget about them for a while. Only a short while as they stink big time. I gag while cleaning the mess out. I throw them in the lake and the fish love it. I do not know why?

          Paul E. Smith
          Knoxville, TN
           
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            felix4067

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            RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 12:20 PM (permalink)
            My whole life, we've kept potatoes and onions in the same drawer in the kitchen, which is located directly above a heating vent (the drawer is one of three in a cupboard designed to hide them), and have almost never had a problem with them going bad.
             
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              Jennifer_4

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              RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 12:52 PM (permalink)
              what to do for those of us who have no pantry, no basement..and no cool spots? I've tried putting them in a drawer, but they still go bad.
               
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                Trencher

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                RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 3:31 PM (permalink)
                My girlfriend, Jac says that we should only buy potatoes that we will use in a week or so. she is almost always right. why dose a person need to store them when you can go to the stor and get them when you need them

                Leigh
                 
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                  dreamzpainter

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                  RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 4:14 PM (permalink)
                  you can store canned potatos for over a year with no problem
                   
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                    xannie_01

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                    RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 4:19 PM (permalink)
                    dreamzpainter,
                    i was going to say something to that affect
                    but didn't want to start another discussion
                     
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                      mayor al

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                      RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 4:35 PM (permalink)
                      Trencher, Lots of folks grow a fairly large quantity in home gardens. Thus Storage becomes an issue.
                      Also , often Markets have sales on larger bags of Potatoes. 20 lbs or more... When that happens Storage for the remaining potatoes can be a problem. We seldom buy in larger than 5lb amounts or individual 'large Baking Potatoes' because we seem to waste the surplus.
                       
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                        Trencher

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                        RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 4:39 PM (permalink)
                        that makes sense.
                         
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                          fhoran

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                          RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 8:34 PM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by dreamzpainter

                          you can store canned potatos for over a year with no problem


                          Hmmm. Canned potatoes. There's a thought. Maybe we should start a thread...Nah, there wouldn't be any interest. But seriously folks, I've heard the "don't store the potatoes next to onions" thing as well. I used to work with a guy who wrote an organic gardening book who said that planting one or the other (onions or potatoes, I forget which) around your other veggies would protect them from disease, famine, falling stock prices etc. and said that you should never store the two together. I do anyway (never could follow instructions) but wonder if there is any truth to the rumor (hey, this is on topic, kind of loosely). Fred
                           
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                            MilwFoodlovers

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                            RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 9:15 PM (permalink)
                            Heaven forbid you end up with ontatoe's or was it potonions?
                             
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                              mayor al

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                              RE: Potato storage Sun, 08/13/06 9:42 PM (permalink)
                              I saw a garden book once...Something about My onions Hate the Potatoes and the Tomatos want a divorce... Not correct I am sure, but it was about the veggies and fruit that do well when planted close together, and those that don't do well when close to certain other types?

                              Anyone familiar with this publication? It was a hard-cover book and was supposed to help a person organize their garden planting arrangement.
                               
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                                felix4067

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                                RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 1:23 AM (permalink)
                                As I discovered this evening, much to my utter dismay and disgust... Leaving them in the plastic bag in which they came and putting them in the corner of the dining room for several weeks leads to rotting potatoes with little white worms in them. (I may kill my mother in the morning...I had no idea she'd bought potatoes and not put them away properly...the ones I bought and put in the drawer where they go are doing just fine.)

                                Don't store them that way.
                                 
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                                  MikeS.

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                                  RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 2:15 AM (permalink)
                                  I like to buy 20lb bags of the LARGE baking potatoes from Costco. I usually lose half the bag.

                                  I do have a lg cabinet bottom drawer in the kitchen that is half empty. I'll try there.

                                  I also got the last 20lbs of Georgia sweet onions Costco had. Gonna see how long I can keep those babies.

                                  Thanks people!

                                  MikeS.
                                   
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                                    mayor al

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                                    RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 4:20 PM (permalink)
                                    Mike
                                    The Large Sweet Georgia (Vidalia) Onions have a very short storage life...Eat'em up pretty quickly!
                                     
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                                      xannie_01

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                                      RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 4:25 PM (permalink)
                                      yeah, i found that out the hard way.
                                      bought 20lb of those onions, put them individually in knotted panty hose and stored them in a cool dark place..
                                      they STILL went bad
                                       
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                                        fhoran

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                                        RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 5:16 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

                                        I saw a garden book once...Something about My onions Hate the Potatoes and the Tomatos want a divorce... Not correct I am sure, but it was about the veggies and fruit that do well when planted close together, and those that don't do well when close to certain other types?

                                        Anyone familiar with this publication? It was a hard-cover book and was supposed to help a person organize their garden planting arrangement.


                                        Mayor, that sounds like the book written by the guy I worked with. He had all kinds of ways to plant stuff that would ward off bugs without using chemicals. I'll see if I can track it down. In the meantime, Mike, eat the potatoes. They're good for you. Fred
                                         
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                                          MikeS.

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                                          RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 5:37 PM (permalink)
                                          Mayor, half the Vidalias got chopped and put in the freezer inside vacumn sealed bags. The rest I'll use up before they go South.

                                          MikeS,
                                           
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                                            enginecapt

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                                            RE: Potato storage Mon, 08/14/06 8:08 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by xannie_01

                                            yeah, i found that oput the hard way.
                                            bought 20lb of those onions, put them individually in knotted panty hose and stored them in a cool dark place..
                                            they STILL went bad
                                            Next time wash the panty hose....
                                             
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                                              Jimeats

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                                              RE: Potato storage Tue, 08/15/06 8:47 AM (permalink)
                                              Don't know where I heard about the onion/potato relashionship, must be an old wives tale, but I don't store them close together, just incase. Chow Jim
                                               
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                                                ann peeples

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                                                RE: Potato storage Tue, 08/15/06 9:11 AM (permalink)
                                                As there are only two of us here at home, I ,too, seem to lose half my bag of potatoes to rot.So I dont know if i am really saving too much money in the long run by buying bags of spuds.What I am doing now is buying bags of red potatoes which seem to last longer, and just buying big old bakers individually when we want them.
                                                 
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                                                  BTB

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                                                  RE: Potato storage Wed, 08/16/06 9:04 PM (permalink)
                                                  I know the "purists" aren't going to like this, but in the hot months I store my potatoes in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Horrible to some, I know, but I don't notice much of a difference when I used such potatoes. In the hot summer, I have no cool place to store potatoes other than the refrigerator.

                                                  While maybe not greatly authoritative, one web site seems to support use of a refrigerator:

                                                  "Potatoes keep best at 36 degrees - 40 degrees Fahrenheit . . . . . . We are always asked about refrigerator storage. It works well if you use the vegetable crisper and avoid dehydration. Please note that potatoes stored at or near 32 degrees Fahrenheit will likely convert their starch to sugars, which will change the flavor and cooking qualities. Fortunately, keeping them in the warmth for a day or two reverses the process, and you will have your potato starch back again." (http://www.ronnigers.com/HTML%20Pages/storage.html)
                                                   
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                                                    fhoran

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                                                    RE: Potato storage Thu, 08/17/06 7:55 PM (permalink)
                                                    quote:
                                                    Originally posted by BTB

                                                    I know the "purists" aren't going to like this, but in the hot months I store my potatoes in the crisper section of the refrigerator. Horrible to some, I know, but I don't notice much of a difference when I used such potatoes. In the hot summer, I have no cool place to store potatoes other than the refrigerator.

                                                    While maybe not greatly authoritative, one web site seems to support use of a refrigerator:




                                                    Well, no one has ever accused me of being "pure" anything but I did check with the Idaho Center for Potato Research and Education (us tuber pros call it the ICPRE for short). They are my "go to" place for all things potato (actually I never heard of them before now but from here on in, they'll be my source for info on all things "spud".)They agree with you, BTB, (they actually recommend 43F but same idea) but the other thing they say is that you need to keep them in an atmosphere with 98% humidity else they dehydrate. Now they are writing for farmers looking to store silos full of Idahos as opposed to my 5lb bag but I am guessing the principles are the same. So I guess the answer is we build a "Potato room" with constant 40 degree temperature, 98% humidity and (I forgot to mention this other requirement)constant airflow, or we go the annpeeples very logical route and just buy what we'll use. I'll sleep on it and then decide. Fred
                                                     
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                                                      felix4067

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                                                      RE: Potato storage Thu, 08/17/06 8:11 PM (permalink)
                                                      quote:
                                                      Originally posted by fhoran

                                                      So I guess the answer is we build a "Potato room" with constant 40 degree temperature, 98% humidity and (I forgot to mention this other requirement)constant airflow, or we go the annpeeples very logical route and just buy what we'll use. I'll sleep on it and then decide. Fred

                                                      So basically, they should be stored in the wine cellar. That's easy enough!
                                                       
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                                                        fhoran

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                                                        RE: Potato storage Thu, 08/17/06 8:15 PM (permalink)
                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by felix4067

                                                        quote:
                                                        Originally posted by fhoran

                                                        So I guess the answer is we build a "Potato room" with constant 40 degree temperature, 98% humidity and (I forgot to mention this other requirement)constant airflow, or we go the annpeeples very logical route and just buy what we'll use. I'll sleep on it and then decide. Fred

                                                        So basically, they should be stored in the wine cellar. That's easy enough!

                                                        Smack my forehead!!! Of course!! That's it! Brilliant!!. LOL Fred
                                                         
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                                                          sbrian123

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                                                          RE: Potato storage Wed, 08/23/06 4:29 PM (permalink)
                                                          Ended up here because I was doing a seard to see if anyone was doing what I'm trying with any success. I have two wine fridges, one for red wine and one for white. I currently have extra room in my red fridge (on the end of a Trader Joe's cycle). So I threw a half bag of spuds in the red fridge about a week ago. I'll try and remember to post the results in a few weeks.

                                                           
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                                                            Greyghost

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                                                            RE: Potato storage Wed, 08/23/06 5:20 PM (permalink)
                                                            Seems there is a need for the perfect potato storage unit. I see an opportunity here. Look for my late night TV commercials in the near future for my Perfecto Potato Keeper Kit.

                                                            Meanwhile I have to run out to the hardware store to check prices on burlap bags and spades.
                                                             
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