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Ten Potato Storage Tips

Updated on October 1, 2012
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If you're looking for a way to save money on your grocery bills, it's certainly a good idea to purchase items that you use frequently in fairly large quantities. Buying in bulk allows you to take advantage of sale prices when the items you cook with the most are on sale.

Potatoes, for example, tend to cost much less per pound when purchased in large quantities, especially during seasonal sales and supermarket loss leader specials. If your family likes potatoes and you prepare them frequently, it makes sense for you to stock up when prices are low.

Generally, you can expect to save money if you purchase 25 pound bags (or larger quantities) rather than buying a few potatoes at a time from the loose produce bins in your supermarket.

Of course, if you purchase more potatoes than you can use before they go bad, you're wasting money rather than saving when you buy large quantities. Fortunately, storing potatoes properly for maximum freshness isn't difficult and doesn't have to be time consuming. You just need to know – and use – basic tips for proper potato storage.

10 Tips for Proper Potato Storage

Select potatoes that have a firm texture; if potatoes are already beginning to get mushy when you bring them home, shelf life will be reduced.

  1. Store potatoes in an area that is well ventilated.
  2. Do not wash potatoes prior to storage, as doing so can reduce their shelf life.
  3. The best temperature range for storing potatoes is between 45 degrees Fahrenheit and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Do not store temperatures beside appliances that put off heat.
  5. Avoid storing potatoes in damp or humid areas, such as beneath the sink.
  6. Choose a dark location for storing potatoes, such as a cabinet, pantry, basement, or root cellar.
  7. Avoid storing potatoes where they will not be exposed to direct sunlight or room lighting.
  8. Place potatoes in a paper bag or a plastic bag that is perforated for storage.
  9. If you choose to store your potatoes in the refrigerator, allow them to warm to room temperature before cooking them.
  10. If sprouts appear on potatoes, they can still be used. Simply cut the sprouts away before cooking.

Note: When potatoes become mushy or develop a bad odor, they should be discarded.

Save Money with Proper Food Storage

Learning proper food storage tips – for potatoes and other items that can be purchased in bulk inexpensively -- can certainly help you make the most of your food budget.


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  • WannaB Writer profile image

    Barbara Radisavljevic 

    7 years ago from Templeton, CA

    The people at farmers market say to store the onions on the counter. I've always known they should not be stored near the potatoes. My problem has always been keeping the potatoes in the dark. For me, what is out of sight is often out of mind. I currently have them in a large, empty oatmeal box, such as the ones sold at warehouse stores. I have a newspaper over the top to keep it dark. Now I see the air has to be able to circulate. Back to the drawing board.

  • FirstStepsFitness profile image


    8 years ago

    Welcome to HubPages :) Great Hub ! I store my potatoes in my fridge in a moisture controlled vegetable drawer in the plastic bag .

  • Katherine Baldwin profile image

    Katherine Baldwin 

    8 years ago from South Carolina

    What never ceases to amaze me is that the grocery stores display the onions and potatoes side by side, so by the time you get them home, the process has already begun, lol.But keeping them apart when you get them home seems to help halt the process.

  • bayoulady profile image


    8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    I always forget to use them in time. Instant works better for!

  • mgwhite profile imageAUTHOR

    Mary White 

    8 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Thanks Katherine. I did not know about the onions. I recently stored sweet potatoes in a tiered hanging basket below some onions and they went bad very quickly. Now I know why!

  • poetvix profile image


    8 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

    Thanks! Now I know why my taters always go bad. I was not storing them right. Love money saving tips...Keep them coming, please!

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    Katherine Baldwin 

    8 years ago from South Carolina

    And always keep them away from onions. I can't remember the name of it, but it will produce a gas that makes both the potatoes and onions start to rot. I keep my onions in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator and they last a very long time.


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