What is the best way to store uncooked (i.e.: "raw) russet potatoes? I can refrigrate them, if it is suggested. (I assume they should be stored with the skins on.)
I am assuming that you bought these potatoes and did not dig them up out of the garden. Potatoes need to be "cured" for several weeks, and store bought potatoes already have been.
Potatoes store best for the long term at cool temperatures and moderately moist air in the dark. 40 to 55 degrees F At higher temperatures the starch can convert to sugar and the potato becomes sweeter.
MUCH THANKS! You are correct; I bought them at the store today. Tell me ... 40-55 degrees is "wine cooler" temperature (I think); and guess what -- I don't own a wine cooler! My house is about 70-75; outside is about 75-85 (daytime - 55-60 at night), and my refrigator is 35. During the winter this would be easier. I live in Southern Calif., so we have no basements.
1) Any ideas how 40-55 degrees might be obtainable at this time of the year? and
2) I've given you my options that i can do -- it looks like it's either going to be my pantry (that has a door) for about 70 degrees or my refrigator that is about 35 degrees -- which would you suggest.
PS: Sorry for this trouble - the whole bag was $ 2.00 -- you'd think I paid $ 20.00 for these suckers!
I would say put them in the pantry. They will still last a couple of weeks, but they will want to sprout, and you'll eventually be cutting the eyes out when you use them. Or try an experiment. Put half in the frig and the other half in the pantry and see what happens. I don't know the downside of keeping potatoes too cold. Put them in the crisper drawer and set the humidity on medium. If they start to smell funny, get soft spots, or the skins start to loosen up, quit doing it.
You have my sympathy on your lack of basement. I have always lived in houses with basements, and I can't imagine life without one.
$2 or $20, a good russet potato is a fine thing to eat, in my opinion, and worth keeping. If you were a potato connoisseur you could get one of those mini frigs and set it to 50. If you are really into fresh vegetables, and have other produce you want to store, that might be a good option. Many other things, like apples, like to be stored at cool but not cold temperatures.
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