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Potato storage tip keeps them 'perfectly safe to eat' after weeks – and stops sprouting


Using the right storage methods at home can keep fresh produce looking as good as new, including potatoes.

Many people know to look for a cool, dark – often a cupboard, to keep spuds from turning green or sprouting, but it’s not always a foolproof option.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Natasha Blythe, food hygiene expert at High Speed Training revealed her go-to method to “keep potatoes stored safely and for longer”.

She said: “As soon as you get home from your shop, take the potatoes out of the plastic packaging they come in, wash them, and cut off any small green shoots that you spot.

“Don’t worry, these early-sprouting potatoes are still perfectly safe to eat!”

Natasha continued: “Following this, store your potatoes in a cool, dark place to ensure you get the most out of them.

“An ordinary kitchen cupboard or a garage is perfect for this, as long as the potatoes are kept out of sunlight.

“If possible, try to store your potatoes in a location with a relatively stable temperature, such as a cupboard located away from your cooker where temperatures can rise periodically.

“Other kitchen appliances, such as toasters, microwaves or kettles are less likely to impact the temperature, due to them having less of an impact on the temperature of the surrounding area.”

If you’re short on cupboard space, Natasha advises against storing spuds in the fridge, warning “avoid the temptation!”

She claimed that the cold temperatures would activate the starch in the potatoes and turn it into sugar, causing them to develop an “uncharacteristic taste”.

The exact shelf life of potatoes stored this way is hard to determine, but some varieties fare better than others in terms of their longevity.

Natasha explained: “New potatoes have a longer shelf life than more mature potatoes. This is because new potatoes have not yet matured, and so are not ready to sprout.

“Larger potatoes, like maris pipers have a shorter shelf life, whilst if it’s long term storage you want, an option like baked potatoes, specifically russets are your best choice.”

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