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How to Store Red Potatoes for the Winter

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Overview

Root vegetables, like red potatoes, should last through the winter, but if you do not store them correctly, you might end up throwing them away before Christmas. When harvesting potatoes from your garden, you will want to set some aside for eating now, but the rest you should store for eating all winter long. Red potatoes, a waxy type, contain less starch and can ruin faster without proper storage than russet potatoes. But with some preparation, you can keep your red potatoes for up to four months after harvest.

Step 1

Wipe off any dirt from your harvested red potatoes.

Step 2

Carefully examine the potatoes for signs of greening, cuts, bruises or disease and discard these.

Step 3

Spread the remaining potatoes in a single layer on top of a newspaper-lined basket.

Step 4

Drape another piece of newspaper over the potatoes and store them in a dark spot with high humidity and a temperature between 60 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 days to cure the red potatoes for storage.

Step 5

Move the box of potatoes to a completely dark spot with 85 percent humidity and temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit for up to four months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not expose the red potatoes to light during storage as this causes the potatoes to turn green, which renders them toxic. Avoid storing the potatoes at colder temperatures than 40 degrees Fahrenheit as it converts the starches to sugars, making the potatoes too sweet and stringy.

Things You'll Need

  • Red potatoes
  • Large, shallow basket
  • Newspaper
  • Thermometer

References

  • Heavenly Homemakers: Digging Up and Storing Potatoes for the Winter
  • Chow: Ingredients - Potato
  • Aggie Horticulture: Potato

Who Can Help

  • Recipe Tips: All About Potatoes
Keywords: red potatoes, root vegetable, tuber storage

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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.