Potatoes are a staple food item for many people around the world, but their storage methods have been a subject of debate in recent years. According to research on the global website for food quality, it is now safe to store potatoes in the refrigerator. However, this was not always the case. In the past, it was advised not to keep potatoes in the fridge as there was a concern about toxic acrylamides being formed. But today, scientists have found that there is no significant difference between storing potatoes in the fridge or at room temperature when it comes to acrylamide levels.
When it comes to storing potatoes, it’s important to keep them in a cool and dry place. A perforated plastic bag is not well ventilated and can cause potatoes to rot quickly. Additionally, potatoes should be stored in complete darkness as exposure to light can cause harmful substances called “phytoalexins” to form on their skin. These substances are usually not visible from outside but can be identified by their greenish color. Large potatoes with a green skin can be peeled off completely, while smaller ones with a green skin should be discarded.
It’s worth noting that potatoes are rich in potassium and can help replenish lost minerals from the body after vomiting or diarrhea. Some of these minerals also pass into the cooking water so that those who cannot eat due to these conditions can try drinking it instead of throwing away the vegetables entirely.
In conclusion, while there were previously concerns about storing potatoes in the refrigerator due to potential toxic acrylamide formation, current research suggests that this is no longer an issue. Potatoes should still be stored in a cool and dry place with complete darkness and peeled thoroughly before consumption if they have been exposed to light or if they have any signs of spoilage.