How to store potatoes
First and foremost, start by sorting your potatoes.
Pick out the damaged ones – look for any that are bruised, shrivelled, greening or sprouting, or have soft and black parts. Damaged postoes release glycoalkaloids and other natural toxins, which cause other healthy potatoes to rot.
The best place to store your potatoes is in a cool, dark place like the pantry, or any area that is dry and well-ventilated. Sunlight will activate potatoes’ chlorophyll production, which causes them to turn green.
Ideally, you want to store them a little below room temperature, which is cool enough to slow down sprouting and prevent decay, but not so cold that the starches turn to sugar and make the potatoes taste sweet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that potatoes and onions are not friends.
While these two ingredients might seem like a natural pairing in many dishes, storing them together can actually cause them both to spoil more quickly due to the release of ethylene gas.
When it comes to storing your potatoes, you have a few options to help extend their life.
You can keep them loose in a box or bowl in the pantry, or store them in a paper or cloth bag to allow for air circulation – it’s best to avoid plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and cause potatoes to spoil faster. Or you can store them in a basket or crate with plenty of ventilation.
Whatever you choose, just make sure the potatoes are not crowded together, as this can lead to moisture buildup and spoilage.
The aim here is to keep those spuds lasting for months.