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vanillabeantree Mar 11, 2011 05:35 AM

Hello again!

I have come across a problem. I recently bought a bag of potatoes & stored them in my dark cupboard because apparently the refrigerator is bad for them. Lo and behold, they turned bad. Very, very fast!

I live in a small apartment and I have no access to the places where potatoes are recommended to be stored, such as a cold room, garage, dry & cool place (The temperature fluctuates in our apartment a lot due to bad heating ) and I wonder if there is any way to remedy this?

Or even, are there grocery stores in Edmonton that sells potatoes individually as opposed to the bags?

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  1. anonymoose RE: vanillabeantree Mar 11, 2011 12:15 PM

    All the chain stores sell individual potatoes, don't they?

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      vanillabeantree RE: anonymoose Mar 11, 2011 05:16 PM

      I'm not sure if they do. Usually when I go to Superstore I always see bags rather than individual potatoes and I don't really go to any grocery store. There is a Save-On foods near me but I'm afraid I may be a little too comfortable with Superstore to venture in.

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        anonymoose RE: vanillabeantree Mar 13, 2011 08:51 AM

        They aren't always right next to the bagged potatoes. Look around near them.

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        raidar RE: anonymoose Mar 12, 2011 07:08 PM

        I have to side with Anonymoose on this one. I see individual potatoes at every grocery store I go too. Definitely worth a bit of a look around.

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        Dan G RE: vanillabeantree Mar 11, 2011 01:36 PM

        What's wrong with keeping potatoes in a refridgerator? That's where mine are.

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          vanillabeantree RE: Dan G Mar 11, 2011 05:18 PM

          I'm not sure. I used to store mine in there but a lot of people told me it was bad because it does something internally to the potato.

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            Bryn RE: vanillabeantree Mar 13, 2011 06:01 PM

            it converts some of the starches to sugars.

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              Dan G RE: Bryn Mar 13, 2011 07:56 PM

              Not to sound really stupid, but is this a problem? I've always kept them in fridge, never seen anything wrong with my potatoes. Also does what kind of potato it is react differently or do better or worse? For last decade have pretty much lived on potatoes from Helen at OSFM - seglindes, banana and fingerlings - or the purple fleshed ones from stall behind her. Maybe they are different than russets, Yukon gold etc

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                Bryn RE: Dan G Mar 13, 2011 10:18 PM

                I don't care. I store mine in the fridge.

        2. maplesugar RE: vanillabeantree Mar 12, 2011 08:21 PM

          This time of year it's still cold enough to store potatoes out on your balcony so long as they're in the shade.

          In terms of individual potatoes - they are available at every major chain, and the smaller stores, just be sure not to buy any that are green, soft, or have eyes and only buy what you'll use in a week and you'll avoid making pantry vodka :)

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            Dan G RE: maplesugar Mar 12, 2011 08:54 PM

            Ummm...I wouldn't be storing any potatoes on an Edmonton balcony right now unless it was frozen French fries!

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              maplesugar RE: Dan G Mar 13, 2011 10:18 AM

              heh when we were first staring out we'd use a cooler on the balcony as our cold storage... but I agree frozen potatoes would be a bad thing.

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              egon61 RE: maplesugar Mar 13, 2011 04:45 PM

              Yeah I typically see red skin, white skin, and Russet all being sold individually.

              One of that variety should be at least "okay" for most recipes.

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