How To Tell If The Potatoes You're Buying Are Old Or New
Not all potatoes that look good are still good.
Potatoes are one of the most hard-working vegetables in your kitchen. These are used in many dishes, including your ginisang corned beef for breakfast, the crispy potato wedges that came with your Korean chicken wings¬†for lunch, and the¬†beef kaldereta you braised for dinner.¬†
They are pretty hardy vegetables and normally will store for a long time. However, even hardy root veggies will spoil if not stored right. Potatoes are best¬†as soon as it's plucked from the dirt it was growing in, but unless you have a garden or a friendly farmer who provides it, you're going to have to choose the potatoes that you go home with.¬†
Supermarkets¬†might not store the freshest produce but there are ways to tell if you are¬†picking up vegetables that are as fresh as you can get from among the lot. This is what you should do¬†to¬†find out¬†if the potato you pick up from the bin is still fairly new¬†or old:¬†
1¬†Avoid potatoes with visible mushy spots or bruises.¬†
Even before you pick up a potato, you should already be on¬†the lookout for signs of damage such as exterior bruising that you can see on the skin¬†of the¬†potatoes.¬†
Potatoes that look wet or mist moist might hide a mushy spot. Potatoes are literally¬†dirty since these are commonly not washed before storage, and this¬†dirt¬†usually dries up the potato from the outside during storage. Any wet spots are suspicious and should be examined for other signs of spoilage.¬†
2 Skip potatoes¬†that have sprouted.¬†
Another sign that the potatoes¬†have been stored improperly is that potatoes have sprouted eyes. These eyes are a sign that the¬†potatoes were either¬†stored in a too-moist environment¬†making them ideal for developing roots. These sprouts are easy to remove but ensure that you remove some of the potato flesh under the sprout.¬†Use your handy peeler to dig out the sprouts. (The tip of the peeler or the tiny scooper on the side¬†of the Y-shaped peeler is perfect for this job.)¬†
3¬†Give it a squeeze to ensure it's not soft.¬†
Potatoes are hard root vegetables, so if you pick one up, give a gentle squeeze. It should feel hard and should not have any give at all. If it has gone soft, the potatoes are old.¬†Pick another one¬†from the bin that still feels hard.¬†
If however, you find that you have a potato at home that has gone soft, don't worry. These are still okay to eat. Softness or even wrinkles are really signs that the potato has¬†lost moisture and is¬†basically becoming old. It's best to cook these immediately or soon.¬†¬†
Once you have your potatoes, remember these potato storing tips so your potatoes will last as long as they can:¬†
- 1 Do not wash potatoes if storing.
- 2 Skip the refrigerator to prevent your potatoes from turning starchy.¬†
- 3¬†Place in a dark and well-ventilated container or bag for longer storage.¬†
Learn more storage tips and even a few delicious potatoes recipes:¬†¬†
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