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Add to your potatoes and forget about sprouts

How to store potatoes?
How to store potatoes?
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12:23 PM EST, November 22, 2023

Immediately after harvest, the prices of potatoes motivate us to stock up for the winter months. After all, potatoes make the perfect base for almost any meal. But how do you store them to prevent rotting or premature sprouting?

Many households have a basement or pantry suitable for storing winter supplies. Unfortunately, during this season, food prices often surge. However, this impact can be lessened with appropriate storage methods. A simple trick allows us to enjoy delicious potatoes for an extended period.

The correct way to store potatoes

Some people anticipate the coming winter as early as summer. This is when farmers take delight in their bountiful harvest of healthy fruits and vegetables. Our grandparents had already mastered the art of surviving the frosty weather with the right stash of supplies.

Those fortunate enough to own a pantry or basement frequently choose to purchase a considerable number of potatoes for winter enjoyment. But it's crucial to store them appropriately.

The optimal environment for storing potatoes is a cool, damp place devoid of daylight. Those planning to hoard potatoes should also ensure proper air circulation in the room.

How to inhibit the sprouting of stored potatoes

It's a common belief that sprouting potatoes are no longer fit for consumption, but this isn't entirely accurate.

If the potatoes are firm, odor-free, and don't leak any liquid, removing the sprouts and cooking them is okay. However, if there's anything about the potatoes that raises concerns, it's safer not to risk consuming them. This precaution can help prevent food poisoning.

But there's a convenient way to delay the onset of potato sprouts. Just add a few chestnuts or acorns to the container where the potatoes are stored. This simple and affordable trick can save us from food wastage and potential financial loss.

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