How to: how to store raw and cooked potatoes

How to: how to store raw and cooked potatoes

Here are some little tricks to keep potatoes at their best.

Potatoes are the most famous tubers in the world, originating in Central South America, they have found fertile soil in our country, where they are grown all over Italy, at all altitudes from the far north to the far south, the biodiversity of potatoes is incredible. , there are truly infinite varieties. But how are potatoes best preserved? Is it better to keep them raw or cooked? Peeled or with the peel? There is no real better way, but there are different systems to keep them according to the needs of the moment. Let’s see them below. The first thing to do when buying potatoes is to check that they are all good, discard those that are damaged or have cuts on the surface, clean them well and consume them first, so as not to let them deteriorate. With those that advance you can proceed in the following ways.

How to store raw potatoes

If you want to keep whole potatoes in their skinsknow that in this way they can be maintained for a long time, the important thing is to pay attention to details. The peeled potatoes should never be washed, they must be kept strictly in the dark, in a basket or in a box so that the air can pass well, you can cover them with bread paper to protect them from any light, in a cool place, at a temperature ranging between 4 ° and 12 ° C: temperatures higher or lower than these can jeopardize its conservation. In summer, finding a place at the aforementioned temperatures is practically impossible, unless you have a cellar, however you can keep them in the fridge, but only if you have a drawer dedicated to vegetables, which usually settles at around 6 ° C. With this method it could take months. 

If you want to keep raw potatoes without peel, you will have to wash them, cut them into chunks or slices, of the size you prefer and put them in a solution of water with a pinch of salt or a little vinegar, in an airtight container. This way they will last about 3 days. It is not convenient to freeze raw potatoes because the freezing makes them soft and limp, this happens because the ice crystals that form on the potato cause the breaking of its cells and compromise its original structure. Another way to preserve raw potatoes is to dry them , it is a bit more challenging but you can then use them in various ways in the form of potato flour.  

How to store cooked potatoes

If you want to keep your leftover cooked potatoes in the refrigerator you will first need to cool them in an airtight container and then place them in the refrigerator. This way they will last 2 days, no more.  potatoes can be preserved both cooked and raw with some precautions to obtain a good resultIf you want to keep your cooked potatoes in the freezer, to have them already semi-prepared for a moment when you have little time to cook, you will first have to prepare them for cooking: peel them, wash them, dry them and cut them into slices, sticks or chunks, then you will have to pre-cook them, or by blanching or frying them, so that they are already half-cooked, then let them cool and place them in food bags and put them in the freezer, you can then finish cooking them directly frozen or in frying oil or boiling water. If, on the other hand, you simply want to keep your cooked potatoes in the freezer, all you have to do is let them cool and then place them in one or more freezer bags, close them well and put them in the freezer as they are. 

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