Seven out of 10 Dutch people are prepared to help against food waste. And yet the average consumer in the Netherlands wastes around 41 kilo per person per year. That’s more than €145. Sadly, potatoes are part of the top 10 most wasted products. This is mostly down to preparing too much or not storing them correctly. So, a couple of tips from us on how to store potatoes correctly;
Freshly packed potatoes
Store the freshly packed potatoes in a dry, dark and cool place. This counteracts offshoots and the potatoes will keep they’re quality for as long as possible. When they’re stored in a bright spot they’ll become green and when they’re stored in a warm place they’ll become soft. If they’re isn’t a suitable place in your home, the fridge is also a good alternative. Make sure that they’re not touching the back of the fridge!
The expiration date on the packaging ensures the quality until this date, but potatoes are very suited to long storage. When you store them correctly at home, they can be kept good for weeks! So make sure to check the potatoes after the expiration date. When they’re not soft, mouldy or wet they can still be eaten!
Cook around 200 to 250 grams per person, this comes down to 3 or 4 potatoes. Cooked too much? Store them! Cut them in parts to fry them later on or use them in a salad.
Store the processed potatoes in the fridge in 4 to 7 degrees Celsius. Check the packaging for the expiration date. Eat them before this date for optimal taste and quality!