HOW DO I AVOID WASTING POTATOES?
The best way to avoid wasting potatoes is to store them properly. The ideal way to store them is in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Moisture, warmth and sunlight are potatoes enemies. Moisture will speed up the decaying process and sunlight will encourage photosynthesis, which will turn the potatoes green, eventually withering and spoiling them.
If your potatoes come in a plastic bag, remove them when you get them home from the store and place them in a bowl on the counter, or in a paper bag or cardboard box in the pantry. Make sure there’s cool air circulating around them to help keep them fresh. If your potatoes soften, whither or have mold, or black spots, it’s time to toss them. If you see sprouts growing on your potatoes it may be because they’ve been exposed to too much sunlight, or stored next to onions. If your sprouted potatoes are firm, you can remove the sprouts and still eat them.
Be sure and keep sustainable cooking in mind when you’re cooking with potatoes. The skins are nutrient rich and the peels can be baked with a little oil and seasonings for crunchy toppings on salads or afternoon snacks. If you made too many mashed potatoes for dinner, save them for waffles in the morning or potato pancakes for dinner the next night.