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 Post subject: Re: storing potatoes
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:16 am 
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Actually when I read all the way through the link that Bill posted, someone commented that potatoes would need to be stored in the fridge for a very, very long time in order for the cold to affect texture, etc. So I'm wondering if that option might be worth a try. I don't buy huge bags of spuds so typically would go through them in less than a month.

Anyone tried that before?

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 Post subject: Re: storing potatoes
PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:04 pm 
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yes, Emile, I store mine there in the warm months if I''m keeping them for a longer time.
I just took some Yukon golds out for dinner that have been there for a month or so and they look perfect. My red bliss I keep there because I often buy a 5 lb. bag that I can't use up for a while
In cooler wx I just store in the garage as it's fairly cool there and I can save fridge space.

ETA, I actually have a harder time storing [i]sweet[i] potatoes, they seem to spoil faster.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:02 pm 
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A couple years ago I was looking into getting one of those ceramic potato holders, with the holes in the bottom, but the prices were outrageous, so I decided to make one out of wood! It really didn't take long, and all I used was scrap wood - probably the thing that cost the most was the finish, though all that was leftover, too. I put a thick layer of food grade epoxy on the bottom, and up the sides (in case any rotted, which hasn't happened), then 4 layers of polyurethane. It is approx. a 9" cube, and holds 10 lbs easily, which surprised me. I keep it on my windowsill over my sink; cool in the fall and winter, when I use more potatoes, but I only keep a few in the summer - different cooking then, with mostly things out of the garden, and potatoes aren't one of them (attracted too many bugs the one time I grew them). I store things on top of it, w/o blocking the top hole - one good thing about the cube shape.

I was amazed at how long potatoes and sweet potatoes lasted in this thing! Instead of rotting, as they do QUICKLY in plastic bags, they would just sprout LONG sprouts, and slowly wither away (I only let one do this, just to see what would happen).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:50 am 
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Very nice workmanship there, very nice.


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Beautiful :!: :o
Send this photo to Ms. Stewart and prepare for mass production :!: :!:


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:43 am 
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Sadly, I store my potatoes in the refrigerator. My house is almost always close to 80 degrees and they just go bad too quickly no matter how dark the closet I store them in.

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