Keeping potatoes fresh longer, and from going bad too quickly, is especially important for anybody who has taken the time to grow their own potatoes from seed.
After months of waiting for those gorgeous tubers to form into the large spuds we all love, it would be a shame to lose a good part of the harvest due to improper storage.
Under the right conditions it’s possible to preserve your potato harvest for many months. Here are some various tips to keep in mind for keeping potatoes fresh longer…
- Potatoes should be cured before being store. To do this, spread the spuds out in a warm room (60*-75*), out of sunlight and away from moisture, and allow to dry for 1-2 weeks.
- You can keep the potatoes in the ground up until right before the ground freezes for the winter.
- Digging a pit in the garden will also work well for keeping potatoes fresh longer. You might want to sink a trash can or other container into the ground if you have moles or other underground varmints that might steal your spuds. Make sure to dig the hole two feet deeper than the depth at which the ground freezes, then cover your potatoes with straw. Top the hole off with a mound of dirt, then keep water from seeping in by placing a sheet of plastic or metal overtop it all.
- Keep potatoes stored in a paper bag, in a cool, dark place (like a basement, root cellar).
- Do not store potatoes near apples or onions; they make the potatoes sprout faster.
- Potatoes like it best between 40 and 50*F. Do not store them in the fridge.
- Do not allow your potatoes to freeze unless you have pre-cooked them beforehand. Frozen potatoes are safe for animals to eat, but are no good for people.
Of course, if you’d like to preserve long term you can freeze or can them. But that’s for another post!
Do you have any other tips for keeping potatoes fresh longer? How do you preserve the harvest?