Sprouting Potatoes

Many people like buying a five-pound bag of potatoes, as it’s faster than picking out four or five individual potatoes, and pre-bagged is cheaper to purchase. Of course, after you get them home, you use them once and then they sit because you keep forgetting to use them! Then, lo and behold, they have little sprouts and they are making babies.

Sprouting potatoes can still be used, but you need to cut out the sprouts. If they are also wrinkled and soft, then they will have no taste and be deficient in nutrients. You might want to toss them at this stage.

Here are some of the traditional methods that our forebears and maybe Grandma passed down to her children on how to save your potatoes.

6. Storing Temperatures for Your Potatoes


The ideal storage temperature is 45-50 degrees F, which will give you four to five months of fresh potatoes. If temperatures change frequently, sprouting can start. Basement storage works well if you have one.

5. Potatoes Want No Bad Company, So Keep Them Happy

Potatoes and Apples

Although many sites may say to try keeping an apple with your potato, that information comes from an experiment from the 1930s, and has since been disproven. It has been found that apples give off ethylene gas and can actually speed up sprouting. Same goes for onions, bananas or pears; you do not want to place them near your potatoes.


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