How long can cooked potatoes sit out?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can cooked potatoes sit out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cooked potatoes at room temperature. Moreover, we are going to discuss different ways to spot bad potatoes.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can cooked potatoes sit out?

Cooked potatoes last for about 2 hours when left out of the fridge at room temperature. 

You should discard the cooked potatoes that have been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the cooked potatoes being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard cooked potatoes that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

The exception to this case is the boiled potatoes whose skin is still intact. 

In case your boiled potatoes are unpeeled and their skin is still intact then they can stay at room temperature for quite a while (about a day) when they are covered with a  clean cloth as their peel saves them from the attacks of bacteria and other microbes and also protects them from losing their moisture content.

Moreover, you should never store the boiled potatoes in a humid environment as the high moisture content of the environment can mess up the quality of the unpeeled boiled potatoes. Moreover, you should always store the unpeeled boiled potatoes in a cool and dry place away from strong-smelling foods.

It is worth mentioning that you should look for the appearance, smell, and taste of the boiled potatoes that are stored for a day at room temperature to reach a final verdict of whether or not you should eat them.

Nutritional value of baked potato

A medium-sized (173 grams) baked potato provides 161 calories. It has 0.2 grams of fat, 4.3 grams of protein, and 36.6 grams of carbohydrates. Moreover, it contains about 3.8 grams of dietary fiber.

Potato is also rich in many micronutrients and is a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and folate. 

It is also rich in antioxidants and owing to its nutritional value, potato provides many benefits including improving digestive health, or being gluten-free can be used even by people with gluten allergy. Moreover, they are quite filling and can be used in a variety of ways.

You can read how to make potato fritters here.

Other FAQs about Potatoes which you may be interested in.

Can you peel potatoes before boiling them?

How long can cooked potatoes last in the fridge?

How to tell if your cooked potatoes have gone bad?

You should consider the appearance, smell, texture, and taste of your cooked potatoes to reach a final verdict on whether or not they have gone bad.

  1. If you spot a mold or any other organic growth on your cooked potatoes then it is an indication that your cooked potatoes have gone bad and the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of them.
  1. Moreover, if you notice an off-smell (sour or putrid) while taking a sniff test of your cooked potatoes then it means that your cooked potatoes have gone bad.
  1. If you feel something slimy or gooey while touching your cooked potatoes then it is better to get rid of them.
  1. If your cooked potatoes have passed the visual and sniff tests then you can go ahead and taste them. If you notice some off-flavors in your cooked potatoes then it is better to discard them.

What happens if you eat bad potatoes?

If the cooked potatoes have mold on them, or if you smell something unpleasant (sour, foul) while taking the sniff test of your cooked potatoes then it is an indication of bad potatoes. 

Consumption of bad potatoes can result in many food-borne illnesses, especially food poisoning that is characterized by abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

Therefore if you accidentally have consumed bad potatoes and now are suffering from vomiting and diarrhea, try to drink as much water as possible so that while the body is getting rid of the toxins in form of diarrhea and vomiting, the water that you drink will protect your body against dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and dizziness that vomiting can otherwise result in.

In case the condition does not get better or even worsens, seek immediate medical help.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can cooked potatoes sit out” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cooked potatoes at room temperature. Moreover, we discussed different ways to spot bad potatoes.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18081

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-long-do-potatoes-last

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.