In the fourth installment of our newsletter series on delicious ways to use foods and keep them fresh longer, StopWaste shows us how to cook with and store potatoes and onions. You’ll also find holiday meal tips and a recipe from StopWaste in our Winter Holidays issue.
Back in the day, many households had root cellars or underground rooms for storage of staple foods like apples, nuts, carrots, beets, cabbages, onions, and potatoes. These spaces offered year-round conditions perfect for keeping foods fresh: fairly consistent cool temperatures and steady humidity. These days, we rely on modern refrigerators to store much of our produce, but the fridge is too cold for potatoes and onions, causing them to turn limp and weirdly sweet as their starch converts to sugar.
To keep potatoes and onions fresh longer, place them inside paper or mesh bags and stash in a dark, dry, and fairly cool (but not cold) place like a low kitchen cabinet or your basement. However, make sure the bags of potatoes and onions are stored a distance from each other, since each releases moisture and gases that will cause the other to spoil faster.
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