Just received a basket of fresh picked red and white potatoes from a farm in Erie PA, dirt still on. So I wash them befer storing?

Also whats the best way to store them and how long should they last?

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Nozlee Samadzadeh
Nozlee Samadzadeh October 15, 2012

I wouldn't wash them before storing -- if they're very dirty, brush off the clods with a brush, but keep them totally dry.

They'll keep the longest in a cool, dry, dark environment. Imagine a root cellar!

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ChefJune
ChefJune October 15, 2012

DEFINITELY don't wash them before storing. They need to be completely dry. That soft dirt is also protection from the "elements."

ChefOno
ChefOno October 15, 2012

…and away from your onions.

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mainesoul
mainesoul October 15, 2012

Do not wash the potatoes. They provide a protective coating. This is not just for potatoes but is a good rule in general for storing vegetables.

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mainecook61
mainecook61 October 15, 2012

Amen.
Unwashed, cool, dark, dry in their sacks----but also humid as to the surrounding air, as in a basement. That way, they will keep until March, when they will sprout, even in the dark.

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Linn
Linn October 16, 2012

Besides not washing and storing in cool dry, place, also prudent to remove any potatoes that have green areas. When potatoes get a sunburn, they turn green, a marker that toxic alkaloids have accumulated on the surface. I either discard these potatoes or use immediately peeling deeply to remove all the bad stuff.

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