Ideal place to store potatoes keeping them fresh longer – and one vegetable never to put with them

Storing vegetables in the fridge might seem like a good idea, particularly during summer to protect them from insects and prevent them from spoiling too quickly due to the heat. Yet, Addison LaBonte, who is a recipe developer and the founder of Watch Learn Eat, has recommended against keeping potatoes in the refrigerator if it can be avoided.

She explained: “Putting potatoes in the fridge can increase the amount of sugar they contain, which is what can give them that sweet taste, and lead to a chemical reaction leading to higher levels of a chemical called acrylamide when the potatoes are baked, fried or roasted at high temperatures.”

She warned: “This can pose a health problem and may be why you see some places suggest against storing potatoes in the fridge if at all possible.” Instead, she advises that potatoes should be kept at room temperature, in a dark and cool place within the kitchen to maintain their freshness when stored correctly, reports the Express.

Instead Addison advises: “When storing at room temperature, make sure to put your potatoes in a basket, crate, paper bag, cardboard box, or bin that’s loosely covered so they are well-ventilated. Whole, uncooked potatoes can usually last up to two weeks if stored properly at room temperature.”

Regarding cut raw potatoes, she said: “Once raw potatoes have been cut they’ll last about 24 hours. You should put the cut, raw potatoes in a bowl of cold water, completely submerge them and refrigerate them.”

To keep potatoes fresh for an extended period, it’s essential to store them away from moisture, heat, and light. Ideally, place them in a breathable container like a mesh bag or basket.

Avoid storing potatoes near any heat sources such as stoves, ovens, or appliances like air fryers, as the warmth can cause them to spoil. Additionally, it’s advisable to store potatoes separately from other fruits and vegetables. This is because they emit ethylene gas, a growth hormone that can hasten ripening when various produce items are stored together.

Particularly, onions should not be stored alongside potatoes since they also release ethylene gas, leading to quicker decay of both vegetables. Addison warned: “Don’t store your potatoes next to your onions! They’re not good neighbours and have chemical reactions between the two that will spoil both vegetables faster.”

The best practice for potato storage is to keep them unwashed and inspect them regularly. Any potatoes that start to smell or soften can affect the rest, causing them to spoil.

Addison advised: “If your potatoes are omitting a strong odour that’s foul, musty, sour, or funky, please just toss the spuds and don’t risk any potential health risks.” She also stressed the importance of washing potatoes before use, regardless of the storage method, to eliminate any dirt or debris.

WalesOnline – Food & Drink