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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

POTATOES (ALL VARIETIES EXCEPT SWEET POTATOES AND YAMS) — FRESH, RAW

Pantry Refrigerator
Blue Arrow Green Arrow 1-2 weeks (at normal room temperature)
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 10-12 months
Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long do potatoes last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — the time shown is for storage at normal room temperature in a dry, dark area.
  • To further extend the shelf life of potatoes, store in a cool (45-55° F) dark area; under those storage conditions, potatoes will last about 2-3 months.
  • To maximize the shelf life of potatoes, do not store potatoes near onions, as the chemical reaction will speed the spoilage of both; store potatoes in a loosely covered bag or basket to allow for air circulation.
  • Whole, raw potatoes should not be refrigerated; doing so can give them a sweet taste and cause them to darken when cooked.
  • You can keep cut potatoes in the fridge as follows: Cover the cut, raw potatoes completely with cold water and refrigerate; use the cut potatoes within 24 hours.
  • Can you freeze raw potatoes? Raw potatoes do not freeze well; to further extend the shelf life of potatoes, cook them first before freezing.
  • To freeze cooked potatoes: (1) Wash, peel and boil potatoes until tender; (2) Mash potatoes and allow to cool; (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do potatoes last once cooked and stored in the freezer? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if potatoes are bad? Potatoes that are spoiling will typically become soft, discolored and withered; sprouts are an indication that the potato is trying to grow and can signal a deterioration in quality, but they are not harmful and can simply be removed before cooking.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here.

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