Are soft potatoes bad? (How to store potatoes?)

In this article, we will answer the question “Are soft potatoes bad?” and discuss how to store potatoes?

Are soft potatoes bad?

No, soft potatoes are not bad. Mushy potatoes are okay to eat if they aren’t excessively soft and shriveled, don’t have too much green coloring, and aren’t mouldy. If eyeballs or other tiny contaminants appear while cooking, they can be readily removed with a little paring knife or peeler. It’s okay to eat if your potato is somewhat mushy to the touch but doesn’t have any mould patches or an unpleasant odour.

You can chop away or peel away the softest areas, but you won’t get sick if you eat your potatoes a bit softer. When your potatoes begin to turn green, you know they’ve been exposed to light. When plants, such as potatoes, are exposed to sunlight or light, they begin to generate chlorophyll, a green pigment.

Now, while chlorophyll isn’t harmful in and of itself, it’s common for another molecule called solanine to grow alongside it. You may get headaches, nausea, digestive problems, flushing, and abdominal discomfort if you consume a lot of potatoes with too much solanine.

 The quantity of solanine in a potato rises with the length of time it is exposed to light and the intensity of that light. If it has a bitter flavour, our taste buds may be telling us that it isn’t something we should consume. Green potatoes should be tossed once more, according to Illinois Extension. If your potato just has a couple of little green spots, you can peel it and snip off the green portions.

How to store potatoes

Potatoes should be stored in a cold, dry location. Heat and moisture can induce them to grow, resulting in the appearance of those eyes. It also raises the risk of spoiling. If possible, store potatoes in a cold basement, but because most of us no longer live on farms, we must locate a good storage location at home.

Potatoes should be stored in a cold, dry location. Heat and moisture can induce them to grow, resulting in the appearance of those eyes. It also raises the risk of spoiling. If possible, store potatoes in a cold basement, but because most of us no longer live on farms, we must locate a good storage location at home.

If you have an enclosed garage or shed, you may keep your potatoes there during the winter, as they like a temperature of 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit for best preservation. Do not wash the dirt off your potatoes until just before you are ready to use them, since this dirt might increase the shelf life of your potatoes.

How to keep potatoes fresh

Tubers can survive for weeks or even months if kept correctly. Here are a few essential points to remember:

·         Look for pristine potatoes with no scratches or bruises, smooth skin, and shallow eyes at the grocery store (those little divots on the skin)

·         Transfer the potatoes to a basket if they come in a plastic retail bag so they can air.

·         Do not wash the potatoes until you are ready to use them in a recipe. The potatoes are protected from spoilage by the dirt, and keeping damp potatoes can lead to mold growth.

·         Store potatoes in a cool, but not frigid, environment, ideally between 45°F and 55°F. If you keep them too cold (in your fridge), the starches will convert to sugar, altering the flavor and texture. Dehydration is accelerated at temperatures over 55°F.

·         Too much sunshine will turn potatoes green, so store them somewhere dark and cold (like a cellar)

·         Potatoes and onions should not be stored together. Onions release a gas that causes the potatoes to deteriorate more quickly.

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Risk of eating spoiled potatoes

Food poisoning is a significant danger while eating cooked potatoes. They may begin to house germs and bacteria that can cause diseases including salmonella, listeria, botulism, and staphylococcal food poisoning after a few days. High amounts of solanine in ad potatoes can induce solanine toxicity.

Nausea, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness are some of the symptoms. Mild solanine poisoning should only last around 24 hours, but seek medical attention if necessary.

You may encounter some of the following symptoms if you have a foodborne disease.

·         fever

·         stomach aches

·         muscular pains

·         nausea

·         vomiting

·         diarrhea

These symptoms can lead to dehydration, hospitalization, and even death in extreme situations. As a result, any cooked potatoes that are more than four days old should be discarded.

Sign of bad potatoes

Here are some suggestions for extending the shelf life of potatoes, as well as warning signals of rotten potatoes and the consequences of eating them.

·         Potatoes that are wrinkled, sagging, and mushy

·         Green Spots 

·         Moldy Potatoes 

·         Smelly Potatoes

·         Soft and sprouting potatoes

Conclusion

In this article, we will answer the question “Are soft potatoes bad?” and discuss how to store potatoes?

 Reference

https://foodsguy.com/eat-soft-potatoes/
https://www.purewow.com/food/how-to-tell-if-potatoes-are-bad
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-do-potatoes-last#health-risks

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.