How to Keep Potatoes Fresh

By LeafTV Editor

Potatoes are a mainstay in many dishes from breakfast to dinner. Proper storage and following a few tips can keep potatoes fresh in your refrigerator until you're ready to use them.

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How To Keep Potatoes Fresh

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Separate potatoes with minor defects, such as bruises and cracks, from the rest. Use the potatoes with minor imperfections before the others.

Find a cool, dark place with good air circulation. Potatoes should be stored at a temperature between 45 and 50 degrees F. A refrigerator's vegetable crisper is often a good place to store potatoes.

Move onions and garlic away from the place you plan to store your potatoes.

Pick a container. You may store your potatoes in the plastic bag in which they came or you can invest in a brown paper bag or burlap sack to further increase freshness.

Add an apple to the bag of potatoes. An apple may prevent potatoes from budding early. In addition, keep a fresh lemon near the bag of potatoes.

Put the bag of potatoes in the vegetable crisper.

Take only the potatoes you intend to use out of the bag.

Remove potatoes that show signs of spoilage to prevent spoiling the entire bag.


  • Certain storage methods may change the flavor of potatoes. Potatoes stored at temperatures lower than 40 degrees F may result in a very sweet flavor.

  • Young potatoes should be used immediately.