Organic How To Harvest, Cure and Store Sweet Potatoes For A FULL YEAR without Refrigeration

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How To Harvest, Cure and Store Sweet Potatoes For A FULL YEAR without Refrigeration​


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Its actually very simple to harvest, cure and store sweet potatoes so you have a supply of nutrient dense food all winter long and even into the following summer as you will see in this video. If you do not have access to a place that maintains 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit then its also acceptable to just leave them in a cupboard for a number of months and that will still get you a solid 2-3 even 4 or 5 months out of them.
 

AlaskaSue

North to the Future
I can store not only sweet potatoes and potatoes but also winter squash, onions and garlic for at least a year. I’ve been testing my own gardens’ produce. Cool climate, no pests, and low humidity seem to be key, so I flat out lucked out there. I just need moose to take down right now; they’re everywhere when I’m not allowed to take one, ha.
 

Samuel Adams

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Welp…..here we are in sultry Illinois (although amazingly mild, this summer) and we store sweets for a year in the attic.

Harvest just before or day after first frost.

Sort out the odd, injured and small for immediate use or cow food.

Cure the keepers in a warmish, dry room for couple weeks. We use the room above the wood stove.

Wrap each with newspaper to keep out light and store in cardboard boxes, to allow lots of “breathing”.

Got a few in the attic, now, from last year….good to go.
 

Samuel Adams

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Regular potatoes like cool and slightly humid over winter.

I sort and cure mine similar to sweets…..use the goofy and the smaller than golf ball sized, first, and store the rest in the root cellar.

A basement is great.

Regular potatoes don’t need to be individually wrapped.

They can be stored in wood boxes or cardboard.

If you have to store them in plastic totes or barrels, layer in organic sawdust between plastic and tater, and between the taters.

Sawdust soaks up excess moisture and allows “breathing” where laying taters directly against plastic traps moisture and leads to spoilage.
 

dioptase

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I'm on a keto diet now and may need to be for a long time, so I shouldn't be looking at potatoes (any kind) at all, but it is great getting all of this detailed info.

I'd love to be able to grow sweet potatoes, but didn't see how I could possibly "cure" them. That video says do it in your car - I would NEVER have thought of that.

Figuring out cool dark storage without a basement, though, that's another problem. The potatoes I grew 2 summers ago ended up in the fridge (those that didn't look weirdly diseased, which were mostly the Yukon Gold ones), but it was too moist there, so we had to use them up quickly.

Thanks everyone for the information! God is in the details, and little tips/hints like these make all the difference to those of us who are inexperienced with growing whatever kind of veggie.
 

Cardinal

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Potatoes can be used in small amounts if cooked and then cooled overnight in the fridge. They don't spike your blood sugar that way.
I have a rat issue, again, so no storing food in the basement for me.
 

dioptase

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My understanding was the a bit of raw potato was okay (prebiotic and feeds the good probiotics) on keto diets, but not cooked. I confess that I have been cheating a little with a very few potato chips on odd days, or a half baked potato every other week. My weight loss stalled while I was eating the baked potato, though, so that's out now, at least until I meet a certain long-off goal.

No basement here, just a crawl space which is full of pests. We have rat AND ant issues, which is why the potatoes ended up in the fridge. (Rats in the garage and crawlspace, the garage gets too warm anyway, and we are constantly battling ants in the house. The whole Bay Area is one huge Argentine ant colony. :mad: )
 

Cardinal

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My understanding was the a bit of raw potato was okay (prebiotic and feeds the good probiotics) on keto diets, but not cooked.
Check out YT for some good vids on the studies done about cooking then chilling potatoes and rice. I'll post a link later after work for ya.
 
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