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Jan 3, 2010 06:24 PM

Yam and Sweet Potato storage ??

Anyone have any success in storing yams, sweet potatoes, and other root vegetables in temperatures higher than 55 degrees? I just bought a bunch of really amazing heirloom yams, and want to figure out a way to store them longer than a week...

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  1. Refrigerate in the vegetable crisper section.

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    1. re: greygarious

      I've never refrigerated any type of potato. They'll eventually sprout but it takes much longer than a week or two. In my house anyway.

    2. Basement, small closet, under your bed all are all good options.

      Do not refrigerate. Temps below 55 F will make the roots hard and give them a bitter taste when cooked.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Disagree - they haven't hardened or been bitter in my experience. Perhaps if they are in there for weeks on end.....

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I never put any kind of potato in the fridge.

          I have a large pantry, and space under my bed, but the temperature in the house never goes below 65 and is usually higher, thus they go bad.

          Even the basement is waaay to warm.

          I really want to do a root cellar, but can't because of the temp.
          Wondering if I could store in a collar, but they would need more air than that, and without ice, I am not sure it would be effective.

          I wish someone would come up with a way to do a root cellar in warm climates.

        2. I keep all my potatoes in the refrigerator and they last a long time...sweet potatoes last way longer, couple of months..

          1. I got tired of watching my taters, tubers or whatever you want to call them, rot away or sprout.
            It happened with all kinds: potatoes, yams, yucca, etc. Tired of it. So now I refrigerate them in the crisper drawer. They last a week and more very nicely.

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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Same here, all of them, always in the frig.

            2. "Root Cellaring" by Mike and Nancy Bubel is my go-to guide for storage of fruits and veg without refrigeration or processing. They give info on storing produce in nooks and crannies of your house or apartment that you may never have considered.


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              1. re: morwen

                I have that book, love it.
                I bought it because I soooo wanted a root cellar, until I got to the part about warm climates.

                Trying to find a cool place, I lay them out on a sheet of newspaper in a spare bathroom,
                pulled the curtain and turned out the lights. Everything I have read says cool and dark.
                We'll see.

                1. re: mendogurl

                  Just to let you know that a refrigerator is cool & dark (when you keep the door closed) thought I'd throw that out there

                  1. re: Cherylptw

                    LOL, that is very true.
                    But I have read much about what the temperature does to the sugar in the potatoes.