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Storing potatoes

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TwinLolly Wed 23-Dec-20 12:31:31

Help! My potatoes keep walking away.

I've tried almost every trick in the book: keep them out of light (they are in a dark cloth bag in a cupboard, out of their net bag or plastic bag), keep them cool (yes, they are in a cool place), add a bit of kitchen roll (I've been there, tried it including wrapping each tatoe in a piece of kitchen roll), put in an apple with the potatoes, keep away from bananas and onions....

I've tried all of the above suggestions but still the potatoes want to walk away.

Any other suggestions (apart from trying to grow my own ...)?

Thanks in advance. x

Whitewavemark2 Wed 23-Dec-20 12:34:31

This is getting to the time of year when you buy seed potatoes to chit.

So I guess that is what they want to do. The only thing I can suggest is that you buy little and often.

timetogo2016 Wed 23-Dec-20 12:35:39

Lock the cupboard TwinLolly.
Mine go rotten in no time at all these days.

quizqueen Wed 23-Dec-20 12:36:47

Cook them and freeze them. Don't buy more than you need for a week!!!

TwinLolly Wed 23-Dec-20 13:08:40

quizqueenGood good idea to cook and freeze them...

We only get a few potatoes at a time but my weekly plans for meals tend to go out of the window and so tatoes don't get used as often as I plan. So ... I must stick to my plans blush!

Jaxjacky Wed 23-Dec-20 13:52:55

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I think it depends where they’re from and how long they’ve already been in storage. I’ve just bought indoors a 4kg bag from the car boot where they’ve been for 10 days, bought from the local farm shop. All perfect

Greenfinch Wed 23-Dec-20 13:53:22

Peel them and put them in the fridge.

Greyduster Wed 23-Dec-20 14:58:02

I keep mine in a mesh drawstring bag under the utility room sink where it’s cold and I don’t seem to have a problem with them. Red ones seem to keep better than whites.

TwinLolly Wed 23-Dec-20 18:09:57

Maybe I should try getting them at a market (I'm living in France) rather than a supermarket, and just hope the ones at the market are 'newer' than those from the supermarket.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

Liz46 Wed 23-Dec-20 18:22:56

We go to the farm shop and buy unwashed potatoes in a sack which is stored in the garage. Works well. I think supermarket potatoes and carrots are washed and then put into plastic bags - not a good idea.

MayBee70 Wed 23-Dec-20 18:34:41


We go to the farm shop and buy unwashed potatoes in a sack which is stored in the garage. Works well. I think supermarket potatoes and carrots are washed and then put into plastic bags - not a good idea.

Yes. We bought some from our local indie veggie shop. They were covered in soil and kept in a cloth bag and seem to be lasting for ages.

Chewbacca Wed 23-Dec-20 18:37:13

Unwashed spuds, preferably covered in soil or dried mud; kept in a cloth bag and stored somewhere cold and dark will keep for a couple of weeks or more. Ditto carrots and parsnips. Supermarket washed root vegetables aren't meant to be stored so buy little and often.

jusnoneed Wed 23-Dec-20 18:39:12

We buy most of ours direct from the farm that grows them, they still chit a bit but that's what they do naturally. Keep them out in the cold shed (covered in case of frost) and just bring in a small amount at a time.

David0205 Wed 23-Dec-20 19:19:49

Don’t try to store washed potatoes, or any that have been harvested before October, they should keep for 2 months in a cool dark place (5-8 deg C) if it’s warmer they will not keep as long.

Mamie Wed 23-Dec-20 19:25:50

We peel them, steam for a few minutes, then freeze on trays and transfer to bags. It works for chips as well.

TwinLolly Thu 24-Dec-20 09:08:24

We did get a bag of unwashed spuds from a supermarket in a net bag (for a change to see if that would be better). They went in the dark garage in a cupboard - but started walking soon after. 😞 So it was back to square one again.

Shropshirelass Thu 24-Dec-20 09:11:40

I no longer eat them so not a problem for me any more. I do keep finding the odd one growing in my veggie garden from when I used to grow my own.

Auntieflo Thu 24-Dec-20 09:20:30

I keep ours in a wicker basket with a lid. (One of the hamper type baskets), in the garage.
Just tip them out of the plastic bag, and although some may begin to shoot, mostly they are fine.

MiniMoon Thu 24-Dec-20 09:27:12

I have a sack of farm potatoes at the moment. They are in a dark cupboard in my utility room. They appear to be keeping well, unlike the ones from the supermarket which sprout in a couple of days.

LadyGracie Thu 24-Dec-20 09:31:54

I keep mine in the salad drawer of the fridge, no sprouting and they last for ages.

TerriBull Thu 24-Dec-20 09:36:26

I'm the same as LadyGracie, in the fridge, probably not the best place, I have kept them in the garage previously, but find they keep much better in the fridge. Presently, I have a very large bag of Maris Pipers and some smaller Charlotte potatoes.

NotSpaghetti Thu 24-Dec-20 09:53:34

I transfer my supermarket potatoes into a brown paper flour sack and they seem to keep well... BUT I do only buy the varieties we used to grow - Maris Piper, King Edwards etc.
When we grew potatoes they always kept a long time so maybe you are not buying "keepers"?

Kamiso Thu 24-Dec-20 09:55:07

A local grower told us to leave the mud on but that’s not so easy unless you buy them in sacks from a farm shop. Now that we eat rice and pasta as well as potatoes we don’t get through them nearly as quickly.

grandtanteJE65 Thu 24-Dec-20 10:38:41

Potatoes just don't keep well these days, whatever you do with them.

Mine are in a wooden box lined with newspaper in a cool cellar and the box has a lid, but they still sprout.

Kaggi60 Thu 24-Dec-20 10:42:01

I keep mine in a garage with a old quilt cover on top seem to do the trick for about a fortnight.