Potato FAQ’s

April 28th, 2015 | Posted in: Potato Facts

How should I store my potatoes?
Ideally, a cool, dark, well-ventilated and dry environment—such as a pantry—is best. Potatoes should be kept between the temperatures of 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t store potatoes in plastic bags or refrigerators.
Why do some potatoes turn green?
Potatoes are light sensitive and may turn green when exposed to light for long periods of time. Cut away the green portions before using because these sections may be bitter.
Why do potatoes grow sprouts?
A potato stored in a warm environment will sprout because it has broken from dormancy. Trim off any sprouts before cooking because they create a bitter flavor.
How do I prepare a potato for cooking?
Simply wash and gently scrub the potato.
Can I freeze raw potatoes?
No. They will turn black and become soft upon thawing. It’s best to pre-cook the potatoes and then freeze them.
Should I wash my potatoes before storing?
No, this could shorten the shelf life of the potato.
Can I leave potatoes out at room temperature after baking them?
This is an important food safety issue—DO NOT leave baked potatoes out at room temperature overnight. They should be refrigerated within two hours of baking. The baked potato has a neutral PH and can grow microorganisms quite easily.
Are potatoes high in carbohydrates?
A medium potato contains only 9 percent of the recommended daily value of carbohydrates. They are also a great energy source because they are complex carbohydrates that digest slower than simple carbohydrates.
How long can I store peeled potatoes in water in the fridge?
Two days. Be certain the potatoes are refrigerated immediately after peeling. To prevent the peeled potatoes from darkening upon being removed from the water, add a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to the potato/water mixture.