WHAT MAKES A GREAT POTATO STORAGE AREA?
• A cool, dry, dark, and clean space.
– Disinfect both storage and display areas.
• Air circulation around boxes allows potatoes to breathe.
– Don’t stack too many boxes.
• Do not drop cartons or bags, it will break potatoes or cause bruising.
ROTATE THE DISPLAY
• Potatoes should be stocked first-in/first-out
• Keep some distance
– If potatoes are displayed near other fruits and veggies, they can absorb those flavors
• No wet racks
– Wet potatoes are more prone to disease
– Do not mist or spray water on potatoes
• If potatoes are too cold, their starch content will convert to sugar. Potatoes will taste sweet if stored below 40º F
• Place newer stock in the BACK; move the older stock to the FRONT
• Rotating potatoes provides an opportunity to remove the bad ones. Leaving potatoes with defects will cut down on impulse sales
These FOUR PHYSICAL FACTORS are very meaningful to potatoes:
• TEMPERATURE • HUMIDITY • LIGHT • HANDLING
Potatoes stored in warm temperatures and bright light will turn green and sprout.
POTATOES ARE MORE DELICATE THAN THEY LOOK!
You put them on the shelf and they sell themselves, right? Well, there’s actually more to it than that. Potatoes should always be treated with the utmost respect
• If potatoes are not stored and handled properly, it can affect their quality
• Put potatoes into proper storage immediately because they are STILL ALIVE