How to Store Red Pontiac Potatoes

Overview

Red Pontiac potatoes are thin-skinned and won't require peeling when used in potato salad. Don't wash your Pontiac potatoes prior to storing; wait and wash the potatoes when you are ready to use them. If the potatoes are stacked together during storage, one spoiling potato can instigate spoilage in its neighbor. To avoid rotting, don't allow the potatoes to touch each other during storage.

Step 1

Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a pallet covered with several sheets of newspaper, or a box with a screened bottom, or open-weaved-bottom vegetable bin, for proper ventilation. Ideally, the potatoes should not be touching.

Step 2

Store the Red Pontiac potatoes in a cool, dry, dark location at temperatures between 45 and 50 degrees F.

Step 3

Check the potatoes several times a month and discard any potato that shows signs of spoilage or sprouting. Store the Red Pontiac potatoes for up to five months.

Things You'll Need

  • Pallets or vegetable bins
  • Newspaper

References

  • University of Illinois: Potatoes
  • Harvard Medical School: Healthy and Sustainable Food
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.