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How and where to store potatoes properly: 5 ways


Their taste and shelf life depend on the way vegetables are stored. Can I store potatoes in the fridge? It is believed that the refrigerator spoils the taste of potatoes, as well as affecting the breakdown of starch.

To save the root, you need to follow certain rules.

Where can I store potatoes

Potatoes are not recommended to be stored at t below 5 degrees. Tubers acquire a sweetish taste, as the potato begins to sprout and is prone to rotting.

Consider how to properly store potatoes.

In a refrigerator

Storing potatoes in the fridge is not very convenient.as the vegetable takes up a lot of space.

But if it so happens that potatoes are bought at a few kilograms and stale for a long time, you can put them in the fridge, observing a number of rules:

  • most importantly, the potato is not located near the freezer;
  • it is important to keep track of t in the refrigerator, the norm is +3 +6;
  • vegetables are stored in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator;
  • tubers should be kept in paper bags (in polyethylene, potatoes are rotting);
  • keep in the fridge should be as many potatoes as necessary for the next 10 days. Longer storage is not desirable.
If t in the fridge drops below 2 degrees, then the potato gets a sweet taste, and in the tubers carcinogenic substances are formed.

In the cellar

The best place to store potatoes - cellar. However, here you need to take into account the rules to protect the roots from rotting and the risk of getting sick.

First you need to process the walls of the cellar room with table salt.

To do this, you should prepare a mixture: table salt 200 g, hydrated lime 2 kg, vitriol 1 kg, water 10 l. This solution should be washed 2 times a week to wash the walls of the cellar.

Ventilation must be provided. or the possibility of airing. Potatoes are stored in wooden boxes that are previously recommended to wipe with a solution of potassium.

It is important to respect the temperature. In summer, t + 5-7C, and in winter + 2-4 C.

The best place for potatoes - cellar with ventilation

In the hallway or at the entrance

Tubers should be stored in the hallway or at the entrance in cardboard or wooden boxeswith vents for ventilation.

To prevent them from turning green or turning black, cover the boxes with a blanket or other dark cloth.

Room temperature + 15C. To vegetable not sprouted, should be arranged in boxes of mint, wormwood and leaves of mountain ash.

On the balcony

In addition to the refrigerator, there is another cold place in winter - this is a balcony. If the balcony is insulated, then it is tantamount to a cellar..

There you can save the temperature in the region of + 5 + 10 degrees during the cold weather.

To start need to prepare a box filled with insulation: sawdust, warm cloth. From above, boxes of potatoes should be closed with a lid and they should be kept at a temperature comfortable for the vegetable not lower than + 5 ° C, humidity above 85%.

You can store potatoes on the insulated balcony

In the apartment

If you are going to keep potatoes in an apartment, you need to choose the coldest place. It is forbidden to put boxes and bags with a root vegetable close to batteries.

In summer, early potatoes can be stored in the apartment, but remember that you need to quickly eat it. It is in the early varieties of most vitamins, but they are not intended for long-term storage.

Late varieties should be stored in cooler places.: closet, balcony or fridge.

Storage preparation

When harvesting it is very important to observe the terms. This directly affects the keeping quality of potatoes. After harvest it is important that the potatoes lie in the sunThe process has a name - light processing.

To do this, potatoes razlazhuyut in direct sunlight for several days. After sent to storage in the selected location.

Potatoes need to be prepared immediately after harvest. For this A number of recommendations should be followed.:

  • clean the tubers from the soil (no need to wash);
  • dry tubers under the sun or in a well-ventilated dry room;
  • select healthy fruit and discard infected, cracked, rotten;
  • put in storage container.
After harvesting the potatoes need to hold in the sun for several days

How to keep potatoes in the apartment

Storage in an apartment involves choosing a place where the potatoes will be most comfortable. There are 3 places:

  1. In the entrance or storeroom. In the stairwell or in the closet it is cool and the vegetables are always at hand, but there is a drawback: depending on the season, a different t mode is maintained.
  2. On the balcony. Tubers on the balcony feel comfortable with respect to the t mode. The main thing is to put wooden boxes so that between them there are no cracks, they need warming.
  3. In a refrigerator. t is not lower than 3C. Store potatoes for no more than 2 weeks.

Saving in the apartment involves placing the vegetable in the coolest and darkest place. However, a long root vegetable at room temperature will not be able to lie.

If there are no other places, then you can consider the option of storing potatoes in the refrigerator. There is a condition - to store no more than 10-14 days, observing t regimen.

You can store potatoes in the refrigerator for no more than 10-14 days, observing t regimen

Which varieties are stored best

It is best to put off late or mid-season varieties for the winter. Good keeping quality endowed varieties: Asterix, Atlant, Volat, Blue, Dolphin, Lad, Zhuravinka, Nevsky, Scarlett, Saturn.

Diseases and causes of their appearance

If stored improperly, potatoes can cause disease:

  • phytophthora. On the tubers appear hard spots at which the pulp is affected. Appears in the event that one of the fruit has already been infected;
  • dry rot. On the peel appears white mold plaque. It occurs if the tubers were moistened, transferred with adhering soil. It is recommended to wash the potatoes before storage;
  • black scab. A fungus that affects the flesh of a tuber. It is transmitted through the soil, with the wrong t mode, it spreads quickly to other potatoes;
  • freezing potatoes. Occurs when the vegetable is stored at t below 2C.

When harvesting you need to be careful and carefully sort through the roots.

Dry rot on the tubers

The right temperature, capacity

Comfortable t mode +2 +3 degrees, and humidity 70-80%. Optimum temperature conditions: t + 5 + 10C.

If it is warm in winter, the potatoes will begin to sprout. And with a constant decrease in t becomes sweet due to the conversion of starch into sugar.

Store vegetables better in wooden boxesthat are called "bins". To prepare the boxes, you need to calculate the amount of the crop.

The bottom of the boxes should be raised above the floor by 15 cm, the height of the boards 1-1.5 meters. The gaps between the boards in 1-2 cm for ventilation. Top boxes covered with a lid.

Storage features at different times of the year

There are 4 periods of keeping potatoes:

  1. Medical. Immediately after harvesting, it is necessary to create conditions for the ripening of tubers and the treatment of mechanical damage. During this period, you need to leave the harvest at t12-18C for airing for 8-10 days.
  2. Cooling. Ventilate the tubers with night air up to t 1С. Ventilation takes place within 2-3 weeks.
  3. The main - the rest period. Fold in a room where the temperature is maintained 2-4C. Once or twice a week, the room must be thoroughly aired for half an hour.
  4. Spring - after the start of germination of potatoes. In February, when there is a risk of potato sprouting, you need to arrange stress hardening for it, reduce t to 1-3C. So you can save the tubers until May.

If you follow the rules, you can significantly extend the keeping quality of the root.