The Right Way to Store Potatoes So They Don’t Sprout 

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Did you know that potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop? However, if not stored correctly, potatoes can sprout prematurely, losing their flavor and nutritional value. To keep your spuds in prime condition and prevent them from sprouting, here are some essential storage tips.

Choose the Right Environment

Potatoes thrive in cool, dark, and well-ventilated spaces. The ideal storage temperature is between 45 to 50 F. Temperatures lower than this can cause the starches in potatoes to convert into sugar, altering their taste and texture when cooked. 

Avoid Light Exposure

Exposure to light can cause potatoes to develop green patches, which indicate the presence of solanine, a natural toxin that can be harmful if ingested in large quantities. To avoid this, store your potatoes in a dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard.

Provide Good Air Circulation

Avoid storing potatoes in airtight containers. Instead, use a basket, a netted bag, or even a cardboard box with openings that allow air to circulate freely around each potato. This setup helps keep them dry and extends their shelf life.

Keep Potatoes Away From Other Produce

Lastly, potatoes should be stored away from onions and other fruits that release ethylene gas, like apples and bananas, as it can also promote sprouting.