In this article, we will answer the question “How do you store cut potatoes?”, and what are the health benefits of potatoes?
How do you store cut potatoes?
After cutting(chopping or dicing) the potatoes, dip them in a bowl filled with cool water to keep them fresh for the next 24 hours. Add some citrus juice (like lemon, lime, or orange) or distilled white vinegar to the water.
Use only a tbsp of the acidic ingredient for every gallon of water. Do not add too much or else you will end up altering the flavor of potatoes.
Cover the bowl with a plastic sheet or aluminum foil and keep it in the middle shelve of the fridge. Storing past 24 hours will make the potatoes water-logged, ruining their texture.
If the water in the bowl looks too cloudy or discolored, replace it with new water. If the water is not changed, the potatoes will absorb keep absorbing the water full of enzymes that propel them to turn brown.
How to tell If potatoes are bad?
- Depending upon the humidity of the storage area, the potatoes will either become dried out or mushy. Such potatoes should be discarded.
- Mushy or soft potatoes are often accompanied by a sour or musty smell. Such potatoes belong in the bin.
- Mold spots are an obvious indication of spoilage. However, if the moldy spot is not deep and small, it can be cut off and the rest of the potato can be used.
- If the potatoes are exposed to sunlight frequently, they will turn green. Green potatoes might contain a toxic compound. It is not recommended to consume such potatoes.
- Frequent exposure to sunlight may also cause sprouting of the potatoes. The sprouts can either be cut off and the potato can be used or you can discard the potato for quality reasons.
The shelf-life of potatoes
The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different types of potatoes under varying storage conditions.
|In the pantry||In the fridge||In the freezer|
|Past the printed date||Past the printed date||Past the printed date|
|Russet or White potatoes||3-5 weeks||3-4 months|
|Yukon Gold potatoes||2-3 weeks||2-3 months||—|
|Red or New potatoes||2-3 weeks||2-3 months||—|
|Fingerlings||2-3 weeks||2-3 months||—|
|Sweet potatoes||3-5 weeks||2-3 months||—|
|Sliced potatoes or french fries||—||1-2 days||6-8 months|
|Cooked potatoes||—||5-7 days||6-8 months|
|Baked potatoes||—||5-7 days||6-8 months|
|Mashed potatoes||—||4-6 days||6-8 months|
|Instant Dry Potato Package||—||4-5 days||—–|
Health benefits of potatoes
Good source of anti-oxidants
Potatoes are a rich source of flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. These compounds have excellent anti-oxidant properties and prevent cellular damage due to free radicals.
Control blood sugar
Potatoes contain resistant starch. As the name suggests, this starch is resistant to digestion. Therefore, it passes down to the large intestine where it becomes a source of nutrients for the healthy gut bacteria. This has been linked to promoting blood sugar control by reducing insulin resistance.
Promotes digestive health
The bacteria in the large intestine turn the resistant starch into short-chain fatty acids, most commonly, Butyrate. Butyrate prevents colon inflammation and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
People suffering from celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity are allergic to gluten protein present in wheat, rye, barley, and other foods. Potatoes are a nutrient-dense and gluten-free choice of food for gluten-sensitive people.
Keeps you full for longer
Potatoes keep you full for longer regulating your hunger patterns. This is very helpful for weight loss. A study has shown potatoes are more filling than croissants.
Which potatoes to prepare ahead of time and which to skip?
Storing the peeled and cut potatoes for mashed potatoes works great and saves you some time when you are in a hurry. But it is not recommended to store the potatoes soaked in water in the fridge in the following cases.
- If you want to fry the potatoes. It is dangerous to add wet vegetables to hot oil. Cut fresh potatoes for frying e.g for making french fries.
- Soaking and refrigerating finely diced or grated potatoes are not recommended. It will only damage the crispness and textural integrity of the potatoes. So if you are making latkes or hashbrowns, freshly prepare the potatoes.
- If you want the end-product to be crispy as in french fries or crispy roasted potatoes, do not prepare ahead.
In this article, we answered the question “How do you store cut potatoes?”, and what are the health benefits of potatoes?