How to Store Potatoes | All shapes and sizes!
Potatoes are tubers that grow underground on the potato plant. In this blog, we will discuss how to store potatoes for a long time. The Netherlands is a real potato country. The Netherlands is in the top 10 of potato producing countries. We are also a potato-eating country. Boiled, baked, and roasted, from the oven or in the deep fryer. We are crazy about it.
How to store potatoes?
That can be done in different ways:
- You can store unpeeled potatoes in a dry, moist place at a temperature of about 7 to 10 degrees.
- Peeled potatoes can be stored in water in the refrigerator for 2 days.
- Boiled and baked potatoes for 2 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
Besides the fact that potatoes are tasty, it is important for the good taste to handle, store and prepare the potatoes in the right way. These are further elaborated below.
How to Store Unpeeled Potatoes?
Unpeeled potatoes can be stored outdoors or in the refrigerator. It used to be customary not to keep potatoes in the fridge, but now you can. However, this makes the potatoes sweeter in taste. It is, therefore, better not to store potatoes for making fries in the refrigerator.
Adder, the farmers’ potatoes went straight to the supermarket or to the greengrocer without further processing. They were mostly unwashed potatoes. The dirt and soil that are still on the potatoes provide protection and longer shelf life.
The potatoes we buy now are washed and clean. This shortens the shelf life and is an extra reason to keep the potatoes in the refrigerator.
The storage place can now be the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator or a dry and damp room. However, most modern homes today do not have a dark and damp basement and the refrigerator is often the best option.
How to Store Peeled Potatoes?
Whole peeled potatoes are best kept in the refrigerator, submerged in water. They will then remain good for two days. If the potatoes have already been cut, it is only 1 day. If they stay in the water longer, they will quickly brown and have a sweeter taste.
How to Store Boiled Potatoes?
When potatoes are cooked, you can also store them and you don’t have to throw them away. You can, for example, keep them for baking or to make a potato salad.
Boiled potatoes can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 days. You will soon find out whether the potatoes are still good when you want to use them again. If the cooked potatoes are grey/greenish in color, smell or are glassy, you can no longer use them.
You can also freeze the boiled potatoes, they will keep for 3 months. However, this is not the best option. Potatoes consist largely of water. When you defrost the potatoes, the water will separate and the potato will have a different structure and taste. If you do want to freeze them, it’s better to puree them.
How to Store Baked Potatoes?
There is really only one storage recommendation for baked potatoes. In the fridge. After baking, let the potatoes cool for 2 hours and store them closed in the refrigerator. You can keep them for up to 24 hours. It can also be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months, but the taste and quality will decrease.
Can You Freeze Raw Potatoes?
It’s not an everyday question, but you can’t freeze raw potatoes. If you want to keep them in the freezer, you will first have to peel them and boil them for 5 minutes. Then cool in cold water. Pat the potatoes dry and place in a freezer bag or freezer container. Now they can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Where is the best place to store potatoes?
If you want to store the unpeeled potatoes outside the refrigerator, the potatoes need airflow. This prevents the build-up of moisture, which can spoil the potatoes. The potatoes were therefore stored in a jute bag.
The potatoes that we come to the supermarket are usually in a plastic bag with holes. This resembles the principle of a jute bag, but it is not. It is best to remove the potatoes from the bag and store them in a large container with holes or toss them in a paper bag.
If you don’t want to do all this, buy your unpeeled potatoes in small portions, so you can leave them in their original packaging.
What Are The Consequences If You Don’t Store Them Properly?
Unpeeled potatoes that are not stored properly can spoil quickly. If they don’t get enough ventilation outside the fridge, they can quickly shrink and rot. New offshoots are also quickly formed. These offshoots are not edible and must be removed during peeling.
When the unpeeled potatoes are kept in a light environment, solanine is formed in the potato. Solanine is toxic when consumed in large amounts. It can cause nausea and diarrhea. Solanine is located in the skin and about 3.5 mm from the pulp. However, it is better to throw away the whole potato.
Solanine gives the potato a bitter taste and causes a burning sensation in the mouth.
Peeled and boiled potatoes that are not stored properly discolor very quickly. They then get a gray/green color. In addition, the potatoes become limp and start to smell. It is then no longer edible and the only thing you can do is throw away the potatoes.
Do Not Store Next To Other Greetings And Fruit
It is best to store potatoes separately from other fruits and vegetables. Certain fast-ripening vegetables and fruits such as onion, apple, banana, and tomato release the gas ethylene. This gas causes the potatoes to sprout faster. You cannot eat these offshoots and have to cut them off. Also, it doesn’t look cozy.
Treatment Of The Potato
The potato is a fragile product. Heavy-handed processing can damage and discolor the potato. He will then get bruises that you have to remove during processing. Do not empty the bag of potatoes on your counter in one go. Take them out of the bag one at a time and place them quietly in the pan after peeling.
Potatoes are classified into 3 groups:
- Ware potatoes; for cooking baking and fries
- Starch potatoes; raw material for the potato flour industry
- Seed potatoes; potatoes for new seed potatoes.
The potato is originally from South America. Not sure if this was Peru or Chile. Spanish explorers brought the potato to Europe around 1536. The monks are responsible for the spread of the potato across the rest of Europe. They planted the potatoes in their monastery gardens.