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Buying, Storing, and Handling Potatoes

How to buy and store potatoes to make them last

Potato Care

How to Handle and Store Potatoes

Potatoes are a versatile, dependable, nutrient-dense vegetable and a crowd-pleaser at the table. No matter the variety, carefully choosing and storing your potatoes can help them last longer and taste better.

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Growing and Harvesting Potatoes

Learn how potatoes are grown and harvested before they get to the grocery store.

BUYING FRESH POTATOES

What do you look for when buying fresh potatoes?

How to properly store fresh potatoes?

What if potatoes are sprouting?

What to Do with "Green" Potatoes

Green on the skin of a potato is the build-up of a chemical called Solanine. It is a natural reaction to the potato being exposed to too much light. Solanine produces a bitter taste. If there is slight greening, you can still use the potato. Just cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating.

Green Facts

Sprouting Facts

Sprouts are a sign that the potato is trying to grow. Storing potatoes in a cool, dry, dark location that is well ventilated will reduce sprouting. Cut the sprouts away before cooking or eating the potato.

Freezing Potatoes

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Can I freeze cooked potatoes?

Fully cooked potato recipes freeze well. From mashed to baked, any potato recipe can be saved for later.

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Can I freeze mashed potatoes?

To freeze mashed potatoes, allow them to cool completely, place the mashed potatoes into resealable freezer bags and press them, so they are in an even layer. This will help save space in your freezer and allow potatoes to thaw faster. You can gently reheat them in the bag.

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Can I freeze potato-based soups?

Potato-based soups can also be frozen, along with chowders and stews.

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Can I freeze baked potatoes?

Leftover baked potatoes can be frozen, but we recommend turning them into steak fries by cutting them into wedges before freezing to ensure even reheating.

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How do I freeze fresh potatoes?

Fresh potatoes can be frozen; however, you need to take a few extra steps to ensure that their quality will hold up in the freezing process. Before freezing potatoes, you will need to cook/blanch your potatoes. Blanching means to par-cook and rapidly cool an ingredient.
Once the potatoes are frozen, they can be bagged in resealable freezer bags and stored for up to 10-12 months. Although, they are best when used within six months.

Buying and Storing

Learn about choosing potatoes and storing your potatoes.

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