Tips for Properly Storing Potatoes and Onions

Potatoes and onions are some of the most widely consumed vegetables in the world. They are both versatile, inexpensive, and have a long shelf life if stored properly. In this blog post, we will be discussing how to store potatoes and onions to keep them fresh for longer periods.

Storing Potatoes

Selecting Potatoes:

When purchasing potatoes, choose firm ones with no bruises or soft spots. Avoid any that have green sprouts or patches since they contain solanine which is a poisonous alkaloid.

Cool & Dry Storage:

Store potatoes in a cool and dry place away from sunlight like a pantry or cellar. The ideal temperature for storing potatoes is between 45-50°F (7-10°C), so avoid placing them near heat sources like stoves or radiators as well.

Avoid Moisture:

Moisture will cause your potatoes to rot faster. So make sure they’re stored in an open container that allows air circulation like a cardboard box with holes punched through it rather than sealing them up in plastic bags.

Avoid Light Exposure:

Light can turn potato skins green which again contains solanine making it harmful for consumption, so cover your potato storage container with black paper if you don’t have one already having dark walls on its own (like a pantry).

Storing Onions

Selecting Onions:

When purchasing onions go for those that feel heavy when you pick them up because they indicate moisture content still present inside those bulbs along with skin being tight without wrinkles meaning fresher produce than their counterparts

Proper Ventilation:

Onions should be kept in baskets/containers lined with newspaper/tissue paper providing enough space between each of them, so air can circulate between these bulbs. This helps keep humidity levels down while preventing mold growth from taking over.

Cool and Dry Environment:

A dry, cool space is ideal for storing onions where the temperature range should be roughly 30-50°F (-1 to 10°C). It’s important to note that too cold (below freezing) or too warm temperatures (above 70°F/21°C) can cause sprouting along with rotting problems.

Avoid Moisture:

Just like potatoes, moisture will cause onions to sprout faster resulting in quicker spoilage. Therefore avoid storing onions near sinks or other sources of dampness as well as wrapping those bulbs into paper towel before putting inside containers/baskets helps absorb any excess surface moisture

Closing Thoughts

Storing your vegetables properly will not only save you money but also help reduce food waste. Moreover, by following the above steps on how to store potatoes and onions you’ll be able to preserve their quality for a longer period. Make sure you check regularly for any signs of spoilage such as mold growth or soft spots and remove bad ones immediately so they don’t affect others in storage containers!

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