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Post  GardenGroupie on 8/22/2014, 12:07 pm

After weeks of resisting the need to dig into my potato sacks, I figured it was time to see if I had some new potatoes ready for the oven. I am quite pleased with the results and know there will be more tater goodness when the plants are done.



My understanding is that new potatoes should be used fairly soon as they don't have the shelf life of end season, but in the meantime, I put them in a paper sack and poked some holes it it for air. Will that keep them for a few weeks?

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Post  Denese on 8/22/2014, 1:13 pm

Those look wonderfully yummy!  I usually put my new potatoes in my refrigerator crisper drawer.  They keep for quite a while there.  I've read/heard somewhere that this isn't the best way, but it works for me.  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 8/22/2014, 1:36 pm

Your new potatoes may last longer than you might expect. They haven't been stored in a cool box or bounced around on the back of a truck.  Very Happy 

I'm amazed at how long some of the produce from my garden last just sitting on the kitchen counter. The same produce would be rotten or dried out if purchased from the grocery store.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/22/2014, 3:28 pm

Those are beautiful, GG!  What are the purple ones called?

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Post  GardenGroupie on 8/22/2014, 4:35 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Those are beautiful, GG!  What are the purple ones called?

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Thanks CC. They came in a plain brown paper bag labeled Blue. I asked the nursery peeps and they didn't know. It's a mystery!

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Post  Marc Iverson on 8/22/2014, 6:27 pm

@sanderson wrote:Your new potatoes may last longer than you might expect. They haven't been stored in a cool box or bounced around on the back of a truck.  Very Happy 

I'm amazed at how long some of the produce from my garden last just sitting on the kitchen counter. The same produce would be rotten or dried out if purchased from the grocery store.

I noticed that too, but only when the house is air conditioned. If we let the summer heat get inside the house, it dries out any fruits and veggies left on the countertop or in a fruit basket very quickly.

It's maybe even worse with the store-bought, though. It's hard to buy potatoes or onions and not have them starting to rot within the week and sometimes within days. Heck, some come home looking great on the outside, but already have rot inside.

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Post  sanderson on 8/23/2014, 12:43 pm

Marc, Yes, the house is air conditioned and the veggies sit on cool tile counter tops.

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Post  plantoid on 8/27/2014, 5:50 am

@GardenGroupie wrote:After weeks of resisting the need to dig into my potato sacks, I figured it was time to see if I had some new potatoes ready for the oven. I am quite pleased with the results and know there will be more tater goodness when the plants are done.



My understanding is that new potatoes should be used fairly soon as they don't have the shelf life of end season, but in the meantime, I put them in a paper sack and poked some holes it it for air. Will that keep them for a few weeks?


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If you have peat or MM to spare store the lifted potatoes in some that is dampened  and keep it in a bucket /barrel somewhere out of sunlight in the cool . Same with most other root crops.

 For those with the fruit problem most fruits can be kept much longer that on the counter top if you slip a few in a poly bag with three or four teaspoons of cooled boiled water and stored in the low crispator drawers in the fridge turned down to 3 oC .

We have recently come back from a 29 day caravan holiday into Europe and  had tomatoes, celery  and radish still in good condition that we took with us on at the start of the holiday (We got lazy and ate out most days Wink  ) The fridge temp was turned down to 2.5 oC to keep the wine, soft drinks and beer cool as it was sometime just under 35 oC outside .

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