Potato Storage Methods: What Is The Best Way To Keep Them Fresh?
- Tavishi Dogra
Updated : July 06, 2022 11:07 IST
What is the best way to keep potatoes from sprouting?
What is that one vegetable which is available in every kitchen all the time? It's the all-time favourite 'aloo'. Don't you see that many of our dishes, including snacks, are incomplete without potatoes? This is because potatoes provide not only taste but also health. It contains many nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin B6, vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, fibre, thiamine, etc., which benefits health in various ways. But the benefits are available only if potatoes are correctly stored. When they are not stored properly, they turn green, containing a toxic substance called solanine, which harms health. You may not know, but there is also a way to store potatoes, which most people are unaware of.
So let us tell you how to stock potatoes properly
- Please do not mix up with onions: This is the biggest blunder that we often make. Nowadays, there are baskets in the market in which potatoes and onions are kept together. However, doing so is not considered suitable. Indeed, if you keep potatoes and onions together, your potatoes can get spoiled by sprouting faster and may taste just like onions.
- Keep them away from sunlight: Usually, we keep the potatoes in baskets on the countertop, usually in sunlight. But potatoes shouldn't be kept there. Instead, you'd better keep them in a drawer, basket, closet, paper bag, or bamboo vegetable steamer. Just keep in mind to place them in the dark.
- Never keep them in hot spots: You should place the potatoes in cooler places and avoid storing them in the hottest areas of your kitchen, i.e. next to the oven. Instead, it should be explicitly kept, somewhere with 90 per cent humidity and temperature of about 50°F, like, under the sink or basin.
- Ventilated container: Wherever you keep the potatoes, it is essential to ensure air movement in the box. So never put them in an airtight container. On the other hand, if you keep them in a plastic bag, you should not seal them tightly but leave some space for air to move.