How to store potatoesproperly to prevent them from sprouting, turning brown or turning green. Useful tips and tricks.
Potatoes are among the best known and most consumed foods in the world and, if stored correctly, they can last long enough to be harvested in summer and consumed throughout the wholewinter. The potatoes they are generally purchased in canvas bags or harvested at different times of the year based on the variety and sowing.
The potatoes, in fact, they can be sown between October and open, up to the sowing in May for those who live in mountain areas and in the far north of Italy. This makes you understand that these tubers are harvested for long periods of the year and, in the supermarket or in the vegetable garden, depending on the geographical area and the variety, it is always possible to have new potatoes. Once purchased or collected, how to store potatoes? Two important factors to be respected to ensure a good preservation of potatoes are temperature and light. In this regard we will now show you how to store potatoes without sprouting them following our directions.
Potatoes must necessarily be stored in a cool place, with a temperature ranging between 4 ° and 12 ° C: temperatures higher or lower than these can affect their storage.
Watch out for summer! At home, in this period, it is difficult to find areas with temperatures below 12 ° C, so the obligatory choice involves the use of the refrigerator unless you live in the open countryside, where you can take advantage of the freshness of the soil and straw to recreate the microclimate suitable for potato storage.
If you exceed the temperature of 12 ° C, the potatoes will tend to sprout.
Can potatoes be stored in the fridge?
Yes, indeed, in summer this choice is almost obligatory for those who want to keep potatoes at home. Potatoes can also be stored in the refrigerator but in the lowest drawer, dedicated to vegetables and where the temperature never drops below 6 ° C.
If the temperature is too low, in fact, the potatoes will tend to soften causing browning at the time of cooking.
Please note. Never store potatoes in the fridge, unless you have a high temperature vegetable drawer. American refrigerators have a drawer with a temperature of around 6 ° C.
Potatoes with green skin
Who seeks topreserve the potatoesimprovising himself as a farmer, he has to deal with various plagues:
- sprouting potatoes
- rotting potatoes
- potatoes turning green
- potatoes that look healthy on the outside but turn brown on the inside
Potatoes rot when, for too long, they are crammed at an excessively high temperature and in the presence of a lot of humidity.
The potatoes sprout when the temperature is compatible with their vegetative phase of germination, they will never germinate if kept at 6 - 8 ° C.
They become dark inside if they are subjected to very low temperatures (less than 4 ° C) and ... the skin of potato turns green if they get too much light.
Potatoes should be stored in a dark environment: the presence of excessive light can cause an alteration of the skin, which will tend to become greenish in color because the amyloplasts of the potato will tend to differentiate and leave room for photosynthetic chloroplasts with the presence of chlorophyll (green ).
Before cooking, remove any green spots or sprouts formed.
If you have a cellar, you can store potatoes in this environment but in the least humid area.
How to prevent potatoes from sprouting
The natural way to prevent potatoes from sprouting is to keep them at a temperature of around 6-8 ° C.
Those who do not want to spare the use of specific products can perform aanti-budding treatment.
On Amazon there are several powdered products to be distributed lightly on potatoes to prevent them from sprouting. These anti-budding plants can also be found in the most well-supplied agricultural consortia. For all information on costs and purchases, I refer you to"This amazon page"where you can find different products for the anti-budding potato treatment.
How to store cooked potatoes
After cooked, the potatoes can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator, with all the skin and wrapped in plastic ... the question of many women is:can potatoes be frozen?It is possible to store potatoes in the freezer but only after cooking.
To store potatoes after cooking, here's how to proceed:
- Peel, wash and cut the potatoes then boil them for about a minute in salted water.
- Once this is done, drain and pat them with a clean cloth before putting them in the classic freezer bags.
When storing, let out any air. If you use vacuum preservation, the potatoes already peeled they can be kept for up to 12 months.
Can fried potatoes be frozen?
If, on the other hand, you want to preserve fried potatoes, you can proceed with a pre-frying in boiling oil for a few minutes, then carefully pat them with absorbent kitchen paper and then freeze them. Ideally, you should have a blast chiller, using the classic household appliances you have at home (fan, cold air jets ...) try to cool the pre-fried potatoes as quickly as possible.
At the time of use, you simply need to complete the frying of the potatoes without having to defrost them first, just like you would do with those purchased at the supermarket.