In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you keep potatoes in the fridge?”, and how to tell if the potatoes are bad?
The article also includes a brief guide on how to store cut potatoes. Read on if you want to know how to boil potatoes and how to make the best oven-roasted potatoes at home.
How long can you keep potatoes in the fridge?
The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different types of potatoes under refrigeration and other 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||—–|
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 on the middle shelf 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.
How to boil potatoes?
- Wash the potatoes or scrub the dirt off their surface. If you want, cut the potato into large cubes.
- In a large saucepan or pot, add the potatoes and cover them with 1-2 inches of cold water.
- Stir 1-2 teaspoons of salt into the water.
- Place the pot or saucepan on the stove. Bring the water to a rolling boil. After that, reduce the heat to simmering. Do not cover the pot or else the potatoes will turn mushy.
- Potatoes will take 10 minutes on average to tender completely. Keep checking after 5-minute intervals for doneness. Smaller cubes will quickly boil as compared to large cubes or whole potatoes.
- The potatoes will be done when an inserted knife, skewer, or fork goes all the way through the potato.
- Take out the boiled potatoes using a slotted spoon or drain the water in a strainer.
- If you have to use the potatoes right away and you want them cold, you can place the potatoes in ice-cold water after boiling.
How to make oven-roasted potatoes?
The first step in making oven-roasted potatoes is to gather the following ingredients.
- 1.5 lbs new potatoes
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 2 tbsp butter, melted (optional)
- Wash and cut the potatoes in quarters.
- Pre-cook them in a bowl filled with water in the microwave at high for 8-10 minutes.
- Toss the potatoes with the seasonings and spread them on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake at 425˚F for 25-35 minutes or until golden and crispy.
- Serve warm and enjoy.
In this article, we answered the question “How long can you keep potatoes in the fridge?”, and how to tell if the potatoes are bad?