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Potatoes are a staple food in many households, and for preppers, they are an essential item to have in their food storage.
Potatoes are versatile, easy to grow, and can be stored for a long time if stored correctly.
In this blog post, we will explore the different ways preppers store potatoes and provide some tips and tricks to help you store potatoes for the long term.
Wrap Potatoes Individually
According to Food Storage Moms, wrapping each potato individually in newspaper or paper towel before storing is a great way to prevent them from touching each other.
When potatoes touch each other, they can cause each other to rot quickly.
Wrapping them individually helps to prevent this from happening.
Store Potatoes in a Cardboard Box
Another way to store potatoes is by placing them in a cardboard box lined with newspaper, burlap sacks, or mesh bags.
According to Food Storage Moms, storing potatoes in a cardboard box is a great way to keep them in a cool, dark place.
Make sure to store the box in an area that is between 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Peel and Slice Potatoes Before Storing
If you want to store potatoes for a short period, you can peel and slice them before storing them submerged in cold water for up to two days.
This method is great if you plan on using the potatoes soon.
According to Food Storage Moms, this method helps to prevent the potatoes from turning brown.
Bury Potatoes in a Garbage Can
For long-term storage, Survival Sullivan recommends burying potatoes in a garbage can.
To do this, remove the bottom of a garbage can and dig a hole large enough to bury the can.
Place the potatoes in the can and cover them with a lid.
This method is great for storing large quantities of potatoes.
Store Potatoes in a Root Cellar
According to Off The Grid News, storing potatoes in a humid dark root cellar at approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit after curing them is a great way to store potatoes for a long time.
Potatoes should be packed in bushel baskets or burlap sacks to allow for air circulation.
Use Sawdust or Wood Shavings
If you don’t have a root cellar, The Provident Prepper recommends using a large plastic tote and layering sawdust or wood shavings with potatoes.
This method helps to keep the potatoes cool and dry.
Make Potato Flakes
If you want to store potatoes for an extended period, Ask a Prepper recommends making potato flakes.
To do this, boil the potatoes until they are soft, mash them, and then spread them out on a baking sheet.
Once they are dry, grind them into flakes and store them in an airtight container or jar.
Properly stored, they’ll keep for up to a full year.In conclusion, there are many ways to store potatoes for preppers.
Whether you choose to wrap them individually, store them in a cardboard box, bury them in a garbage can, or make potato flakes, the key is to keep them in a cool, dark place with good air circulation.
With these tips and tricks, you can store potatoes for the long term and have a reliable source of food in case of an emergency.