Monday, February 23, 2009
Storing potatoes has always been a bit of a challenge for me.
I've known for a long time that they should not be stored in the refrigerator. My mom, from whom I learned most of what I know about cooking, always stored them in the basement. always assumed it was because there wasn't much space in her kitchen. A few years ago I read somewhere that I shouldn't store onions and potatoes in the same place, either. Hmm - this one confused me. If I'm not supposed to store them together why do I see those nice wooden bins at kitchen stores that have a spot for onions and a spot for potatoes too??
Then, some time ago, someone told me that you should also put a ripe apple in the bin with the potatoes. I can't for the life of me remember why you're supposed to do that. Anyway, this week I happened to get my weekly "Notes from the Test Kitchen" email. I love this weekly email.
One of the things I love about The Test Kitchen is they are scientific about their recipes and the tips they give. They test and refine recipes a zillion times before publishing them, and their tips are always well tested as well. Last week I learned about mushroom storage. This week I learned about potato storage.
I've always wondered if those old tips I'd heard on storing potatoes were accurate or not. So, I was particularly interested in this article. They stored a bag of potatoes in various conditions - dark, cool, light, warm, with and without an apple. As it turns out, YES, potatoes last longest in a cool (less than 60 degrees), dry place. Now I just need to find a place in the basement for mine. My kitchen is too warm, even in the winter, for potatoes. Where do your potatoes live?
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