The Best Potato Storage Containers

Storing potatoes improperly can lead to a quick growth of sprouts and rapid deterioration. Some find paper bags to be a good choice, while many store their potatoes in storage bins.

Potatoes in storage bag

The best storage containers for potatoes are those that keep the spuds safe from sunlight exposure and moisture.

There are many simple ways you can store your potatoes. You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or even any at all!). Basically, you want to keep your potatoes in a place that is cool, dry, and away from sunlight. You also want to store your potatoes on their own. Do not store them in the same bag or container as your onions. Wash your potatoes when you are ready to cook them (not before storing them).

Here are some simple solutions for storing your potatoes:

1) Paper Bags: Many people use brown paper bags for storing potatoes, and it is a good choice in some ways, but it is not in others. Paper bags are good at keeping keeping sunlight out, but they don’t allow airflow. This can cause potatoes to rot quickly. If you plan on using a paper bag to store your potatoes, be sure to cut several holes in it to allow for proper ventilation.

2) Mesh Bags: These bags have a larger surface area so more oxygen is allowed to flow in and out, minimizing the chances of spud damage. The disadvantages of using mesh bags as storage containers is that they can’t hold as many potatoes as bins and sometimes, they tend to tear easily.

4) Cardboard Boxes: Cardboard boxes are cheap (or free!) and usually sturdy enough to hold potatoes. Since they can’t be stacked, you will need to place them on their side. The only downside of using cardboard boxes is that they can’t be used in areas where humidity is high.

5) Vented Containers: Containers with vents are ideal for humid areas, as they allow potatoes to “breathe” and stay dry. They are good storage containers because they can hold a lot of potatoes and are easy to stack. However, the only problem with these types of bins is that sunlight does have a chance of penetrating the container. Try to place them in an area where sunlight does not easily shine through.

6) Wooden Crates: The main advantage of using wooden crates as storage containers is that they allow airflow and sunlight, while being inexpensive. They are usually porous though, so if you have an area that is prone to high humidity, these containers might not be the best choice.

Best temperature to store potatoes:

You do not want to store potatoes in the fridge! The ideal temperature for storing potatoes is 45°F to 55°F. At this temperature, they’ll last for months and you won’t have to worry about spoilage. Many people store their potatoes in the back of their pantry and have no issues.

Be sure to use a storage container that allows air to circulate and sunlight not to penetrate. You can save money by using recycled materials. There are no “perfect” storage solutions, but these simple ideas can help you keep your spuds from going bad!

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