Potatoes are great for their versatility and are reasonably easy to prepare and store. Raw potatoes are typically good for 1-3 weeks after you purchase them but it depends on how long they were on the store shelf too. It’s best to know the signs of a good potato so you can gauge their freshness. Details below!
• Good Signs To Look For
Firm texture, tight outer skin free of dark spots, an earthy smell is ok but a musty/mold smell is bad, if you see a dark spot inside or a strong odor it’s best to throw it out and not risk getting sick.
• What About Sprouts?
If your potatoes have green or pink sprouts starting to bud, it’s a sign that spoilage is coming soon. The buds shouldn’t be eaten, as they can make you sick. You can cut off areas around where they were and use the potatoes if you do it very soon. The buds steal nutrients and starch from the potatoes and will change their texture and flavor.
• Storage Tips
Heat and moisture cause potatoes to sprout faster, so it’s best to avoid keeping them out on the counter next to the stove. Cool, dry, dark places like a pantry or cellar are great for storing potatoes