Skip to main content

Prevent Potato Rot Waste

Are you tired of your potatoes rotting within a week of bringing them home? I use russets for many of my side dishes - fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato salad, baked potatoes, oven fries. Or I'll dice them and use them in my main dishes such as stews, soups, and homemade pot pies. And I usually use 5 lbs. to 10 lbs. of potatoes each week. 

Not only is potato rot a waste of money and it leaves you without your planned side dishes or add-ins, but the smell is just plain gross. I've found that by following my guidelines below, I can usually at least prevent potato rot for up to 2 or 3 weeks. That isn't to say that a rotten potato doesn't get by my nose once or twice a year. But I am saying that most of the time, these guidelines will work even though I take the potatoes home and store them inside a dark kitchen cabinet. And I store at least 20 lbs. of potatoes for 2 to 3 weeks inside that cabinet.

Patricia's Potato Selecting Guidelines

  • When you select your bag of potatoes at the store, smell them. Also, look them over and make sure you don't see the tell-tale signs of rot (white covering on the surface, fluid oozing from any of the spuds). If they smell like dirt and you don't see any signs of rot, put them in the buggy and take them home. 😊
  • When available, purchase potatoes that are inside mesh bags so there is plenty of ventilation.
  • If you have to buy potatoes in a plastic bag, remove them from that bag when you get them home. They will likely be wet (which is a huge producer of rot), so dry them and place them either in a mesh bag you have saved or just loosely inside a grocery bag.
  • If potatoes do start to rot after you have brought them home, remove them from the bag promptly. Check the remaining potatoes to make sure there aren't any others that are showing signs of rot. If you find any that look suspicious, remove those as well.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this helps you bring home the best potatoes in the store and reduces potato rot for you. 

Have a blessed and beautiful Saturday.



potato rot prevention
Image courtesy of Rebeca G. Sendroiu via Unsplash


Other Posts You Might Like

Love Never Fails

 After Saul (Paul) was converted from Judaism, in which he was a trained priest, to Christianity on the road to Damascus, he spent a few years learning how to be a better person for God's new work in Christ. After God prepared him, Paul started preaching the Good News to people in different cities. One of those cities was Corinth in Greece. When Paul needed to correct - or praise - some teachings of the churches that were established in these cities but couldn't get back to them right away, he would write them letters. One of these letters (often called epistles) is called I Corinthians in the Holy Bible.  The message I want to bring to your attention today is what Paul was telling this church about love. He told them in verse 16:14 to, " Do everything with love. " (NLT) The NKJV read as, " Let all that you do be done with love. " What a difference we could make in the world if we could all follow this beautiful advice.  In the same Book of I Corinthians 13:

New Elderly Tips

I have added some elderly tips  to my Senior Care Memoirs website. We all have a senior in our family, such as a parent or grandparent. Or we see elderly people while we're shopping. They deserve to feel respected and independent. So, I have added these new tips as some helpful advice. Watch for posts to be added to the Senior Care Memoirs site more frequently as new stages evolve in my senior family members' lives.  I hope you enjoy these tips and other upcoming posts. Together, we can figure this out. We're going to fill our blank canvas with helpful information. I won't be posting any future updates to the other site here, so you will want to bookmark it if you're interested in reading this type of information. Thanks for stopping by today. Image courtesy of Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash Blessings, Patricia 

Free Typing Lessons

Today’s topic, free typing lessons, is part of the  #smlworkfromhome  series. As I mentioned in my book,  Transcribe Like a Pro: Making Money from Home , typing is obviously one of the most important skills you will need to succeed as a transcriptionist . Of course, the process is easier when you know the correct way to type. You definitely can’t finger peck your way to success when you transcribe, because most clients want a fairly quick turnaround once a transcribing job is assigned. So, I am listing 4 free typing sites below that will show you the correct finger positioning as well as which finger is to be used for each letter, number, and symbol on a keyboard. Image courtesy of Tirza van Dijk via Unsplash Free typing lessons: Free typing lessons from  has a sign-in portal so you can keep track of your progress. Although signing in isn’t required, I think that creating a sign-in will make it easier for you to keep up with your progress. Typing Club tea