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#1 Old 01-20-2009, 06:34 PM
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Are potatoes still good once they start to sprout? It seems like the potatoes I buy sprout after about only a week. I thought these things could last for months.
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#2 Old 01-20-2009, 06:58 PM
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Yep......you can still use them when they sprout, just don't use them once they've started to turned green.



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#3 Old 01-20-2009, 07:01 PM
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if the sprouts are little dimply things, you can just cut them off/out. if they've grown proper legs, or gone impressively green, its really time to rehome them. do not munch.



how are you storing your spuds? if they're on a countertop in daylight, or in a warm humid spot, they'll shoot or turn to mush really fast. if they're somewhere cool, dry, and dark (like a cool airy shady cupboard or root cellar) they should last a fair while.



maybe the ones you're buying have been around for a bit too long before you got them.
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#4 Old 01-20-2009, 07:04 PM
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I was doing my own thing quietly and YOU are the one who created this post trying to make a big deal out of it. Keep flaming the fire. That must be what you want.

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I still eat them when they sprout sometimes but I don't think they taste as good.



I swear when they are on sale here it's because they are old.
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#6 Old 01-21-2009, 07:36 AM
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if you put a couple of apples in with your potatoes when you store them its meant to prevent sprouting. apparently its got something to do with apples giving off ethylene gas. i dunno if it works, ive never tried it, but id guess that it probably does as commercial potato growers and wholesalers use natural ethylene gas when they store potatoes to prevent sprouting.
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hmm, my potatoes tend to go bad pretty quickly (it's pretty hot everywhere in the apartment though, so I'm assuming that's why). I'll have to try the apple thing.
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#8 Old 01-24-2009, 07:20 PM
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I just pull of the sprouting parts and use them. My rule: if they're green or soft, they go in the trash.
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#9 Old 01-26-2009, 12:04 PM
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I just pull of the sprouting parts and use them. My rule: if they're green or soft, they go in the trash.



Uh-oh, so what does it mean when they're green or have black in them?
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Uh-oh, so what does it mean when they're green or have black in them?



it means you need to buy new ones.



the green is a chemical that in big doses isn't remotely good for you. black insides mean they're rotten.
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#11 Old 01-26-2009, 02:07 PM
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Uh-oh, so what does it mean when they're green or have black in them?



One or two dark spots in fresh potatoes are normal, but when it looks moldy, it is moldy It's pretty easy to tell, I think squeezing it to see if it's abnormally soft is a good indication.
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