Many people, including our team, are on a waiting list for grocery pick up. Some of us are two weeks out from our next delivery. Acquiring vegetables with a long shelf life is a great way to get more mileage out of your pantry. Potatoes are an excellent choice for the Home Chef.
Standard Shelf life and Storage: Depending on what type and how they are stored, potatoes last about 3-5 weeks in the pantry. Each potato variety is unique. However, a good rule of thumb is to keep potatoes stored in a cool and dark location away from other fruits and vegetables.
Are you about to make your grocery list? We have ranked the types of potatoes based on versatility, availability, and sustainability:
- Russet baking potatoes
- Yukon gold or yellow
- Red bliss
- Sweet potatoes and yams (Note: These are similar to potatoes, but they yield a sweet flavor when cooked. Keep this in mind when determining if they can be swapped out in a meal)
Tip: You can eat a potato even when it has sprouted. Just cut the sprouts (aka eyes) out and eat the rest. Do not eat the sprouts as they can lead to a headache and nausea.
Check out these recipe links to meals featuring potatoes:
- Want to use the potato as your main event? Try this potato soup dish from Gimme Some Oven: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/potato-soup-recipe/
- Do you only have a few potatoes? Use them in this Lyonnais potato side dish from Delish: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a30899100/lyonnaise-potatoes/
- Want something that is not in your everyday menu? Try this unique potato pierogi dish from The Spruce Eats: https://www.thespruceeats.com/potato-cheese-pierogi-recipe-1136822
- Do you have sweet potatoes or yams? Try this recipe from Good Housekeeping: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a40931/supercarb-loaded-sweet-potatoes-recipe/
Want to know more facts about potatoes? Check out https://idahopotato.com/dr-potato/shelf-life-of-a-potato