Tuesday, October 23, 2012
storing potatoes for winter
Apparently a lot of people don't know you can store potatoes all winter long. Every time I'm working on mine someone stops & asks me what I'm doing. So here it is. You need them pretty cold, but not frozen. I live in an area with winter, & I put them in the garage. I take them out of the bag, & pack them in sawdust in buckets. I take them out as needed. Around March if I have any left, I dehydrate or can (or make potato chips) out of what's left, saving a few to grow potatoes with. They keep well all winter (although red potatoes only store for about 3 months). One thing I had happen the first year, is when I'd open the garage, water & snow dripped in 1 of the buckets. This did cause some of those to go bad. They need to stay dry, so keep that in mind. A cool basement or root cellar would work too. So I'm off to Kohlers for 50 lbs of potatoes for $7 this week!!