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Need to know how to store potatos
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Gilane    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:08:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i would like to know how i can store potatos
i dont have a root cellar but the back of my house sits about 3 or 4 ft off the ground and the foundation is poured concrete. you have to bend over to get under there [there is an access door since water pipes for the kitchen run over head]
since i would like to purchace mine in bulk from the farmers market.would it be possible to use this space for them .thanks for any replies.

Jerry S    Posted 12-06-2002 at 11:59:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to work at a plant that processed truckloads of potatoes for hashbrown products. The potatoes you buy in the store are kept after harvest until the next harvest. It is possible to keep them for the 10 months or so between harvest but gotta do it right. Other posts are correct about the dark and cool part but one other note is that the temperature they are kept at will make huge difference in how they keep. The colder you keep them the more sugar development you get in the potato. That matters most when you fry the potatoes. Really doesn't matter for boiling. The sugar is what makes the spuds brown when fried. No sugar= no brown. Also make sure they are kept dry. Any blemishes or cuts will be the first to rot. Try to sort them out and use them first. I think we used to get potatoes that were kept at 50 degrees in storage. Worst problem is if the potatoes have been handled by machinery or not. That is what starts them to bruising and rotting more than anything. Manual handled potatoes from your garden can last much better. Also, don't eat green ones. They have been exposed to light too much and the green skin is an indicator that a chemical I can't remember now the name, is there that is toxic to eat in much quantity.

DeadCarp    Posted 12-05-2002 at 09:25:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're right Gilane - cool and dark. We used to have a spud bin in the basement. Only toward Spring, the leftovers sprout :) What you have should work fine but why not dig a little and make yourself a proper cellar?

Gilane    Posted 12-05-2002 at 13:13:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for the replies i got from everyone.
i have thought about digging it out but at the risk of sounding silly , i wouldn't know how deep to dig, and i don't see that any of my relatives would lend a hand.
but how long would the potatos keep and do they have to be in one layer deep?
i have thought about building a long low wooden box to keep them in down there.
i live in the south and have a creek and wooods nearby , do you think i would have a problem with bugs or rodents bothering them? a relative told me that i might have. also there should be total darkness where they are stored right? i do have one tiny window in one end that looks like it was nailed in and out for ventilation purposes .i really want this to work, food prices are so high and on one income it is harder to buy all we need.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 13:30:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gilane, you go down into the crawl space and dig out a hole big enough to put in the whole bag and a quarter more at least.You could line the hole with straw or dry leaves if you don't have straw, put in the potatos cover them with straw/leaves and then dirt. Then dig out what you need when you need them and cover up again. Old folks did this in the frozen ground out side but they had to put them down deeper and they kept.
Later Bob

Lynch in E.TX    Posted 12-05-2002 at 09:22:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cool and dark...that's the way the potato farmers in SE Idaho do it...underground potato cellars.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:30:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gilane, why don't you put them down in the crawl space and bury them in the dirt like Hay said, keep them away from the outside walls so they don't freeze unless you want to make a lot of Vodka. My uncle used to store turnips like that all winter too.
Later Bob

Bill    Posted 08-27-2007 at 12:46:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can one store pototoes over winter in the basement by burying them in sand or ?

hay    Posted 12-05-2002 at 07:19:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
they need a cool dark dry place. my grandfather used to store his home grown potatoes on plain dirt under the back porch. they would keep for about 3 months or so.

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