Do potatoes go bad

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “do potatoes go bad?” We will also discuss what is the best way to enjoy the taste of potatoes, their health benefits, and how you can tell if potatoes have gone bad.

Do potatoes go bad?

Yes, potatoes go bad. As time passes, the quality of potatoes will start to be affected, and soon or later, they will spoil. To avoid this from happening a little too quickly, you need to attend to certain recommendations.

Potatoes are such a versatile ingredient that can be stored in the pantry for several months. When stored at room temperature, it is best to consume them within a couple of weeks. Once cooked, they can only be kept for no more than three days.

How long do potatoes last?

Several factors can affect the shelf life of potatoes, some of them can be the way they are stored or if they have been cooked. When cooked, potatoes exhibit a shorter shelf life as they need to be eaten within 3 days.

Raw potatoes exhibit a larger shelf life as they can be kept in good condition from 1 week to a few months. To achieve this, you need to store them in a space where they are not near from

  • Sunlight.
  • Heat sources.
  • Humidity sources.

Once you have cooked these ingredients, you need to determine whether you should store them in the fridge or the freezer. Although it is only recommended the use of the freezer on very few occasions, as thawing can prejudice the texture of potatoes.

Shelf life of potato
Fresh potatoes (10°C)2 to 3 months
Fresh potatoes (room temperature)1 to 2 weeks
Raw potatoes (cut and stored in water)24 hours
Mashed potatoes3 to 4 days
Baked potatoes3 to 4 days
Boiled potatoes3 to 4 days
Frozen potatoes10 to 12 months
Uncooked potatoesSeveral years

Remember that these times are roughly approximate, it might be different for each case, just make sure you meet the requirements of the storage place for your veggies and you will be good!

What signs indicate when potatoes have rotted?

Determining if potatoes are still safe to consume is a process that will only use your senses, so make sure you check for any of the following signs before consuming stored potatoes.

  • Sprouting. It was believed that when sprouting occurred it meant that potatoes were spoiled, but that is not true. However, sprouting indicates that the quality of the ingredient has started to decay.
  • Wrinkly texture. As time passes, potatoes will become squishy and wrinkles will start to appear. Whenever you spot any wrinkles in your potatoes, it is time to say goodbye.
  • Mold growth. Mold can appear when food is exposed to humidity, which is why it is not advisable to rinse potatoes before storing them. If you notice abnormal fuzzy spots, throw them away!
  • Musty smell. Your nose will be a good companion to determine if potatoes are still fresh. Potatoes should normally exhibit a fresh and earthy scent. So, when this changes to a musty odor, it is time to discard them.  

What is the proper storage to keep potatoes fresher for longer?

Storage can significantly improve the shelf life of most ingredients when done properly. For potatoes, certain tips will enlarge their shelf life, such as

  • Do not wash potatoes before storing them. This can lead to mold growth.
  • If they are really dirty, you can use a brush. But you need to clean them without any water.
  • The best temperature to store potatoes ranges from 7 to 10 °C, which means neither the fridge nor the pantry meets these characteristics.
  • Keep your potatoes stored in a dark, cool, and ventilated place.
  • You can store them in a plastic bag with some holes in it, or you can also use a mesh bag.
  • If you notice they start sprouting, do not panic, it does not mean that potatoes have spoiled. You can get further guidance on this subject, please click here.

What dishes can you prepare with potatoes?

Potatoes are a very versatile ingredient, you can prepare a wide variety of dishes with them. Some of my favorites are

  • Picadillo. You will also need some carrots, ground beef, and spices, but you will love the result!

All of these recipes will help you use the extra potatoes you have, you can even invite some friends over to avoid wasting food!


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “do potatoes go bad?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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.