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How to Store Potatoes


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Tired of tossing rotten potatoes? Learn how to store them properly, and they'll stay fresh weeks – if not months – longer.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 10 minutes or less

What You Need:

  • Potatoes
  • Cardboard boxes, paper bags or mesh bags

Here's How:

  1. Inspect all potatoes for soft spots, sprouts and mold. Only perfect potatoes are suitable for long-term storage.
  2. Place the potatoes in a cardboard box, paper bag or mesh bag to ensure good ventilation.
  3. Store in a cool, humid and dark place (45-50° is the ideal temperature range).
  4. Check on your potatoes regularly, and remove any that are soft, shriveled or sprouted. 

Expected Shelf Life: 4-6 months, under optimal storage conditions


  1. If your potatoes are homegrown, allow them to cure before storing.
  2. Do not wash potatoes until you are ready to use them.
  3. Keep your potatoes away from other produce to prevent flavor transfer and premature ripening. 

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