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Potatoes need distance from onions

I have a simple question for you. I have heard that you should never refrigerate onions or potatoes. Is this true, and what is the best way to store them?

First of all, never say never ... the answer is actually yes and no. You should not refrigerate onions or potatoes until you have prepped them for cooking - and even then not for very long. Until that time, they should be stored in a cool, dry place like a pantry. Here's the tricky part: they shouldn't be stored together. Onions give off a natural gas that quickens the decay of potatoes. Now, I do not have different areas at home to store onions and potatoes, so I just try to keep them as far apart in the pantry as possible - my own food version of the Hatfields and McCoys. Both onions and potatoes like to sprout, and believe it or not, one way to keep this from happening to your potatoes is to place an apple in the storage bin.

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When you refrigerate potatoes, the starch begins to turn to sugar, which produces an undesirable taste. Onions will also develop an odd taste if stored too long in the refrigerator, but sometimes I will put them in for a few days if I intend to use them and they have begun to sprout.

Chopped or sliced onions placed in baggies will keep in the refrigerator for a day or so, and peeled, cut-up potatoes can be submerged in cold water and kept until you want to cook them later that day. The water keeps them from turning brown.


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