Here at Albert Bartlett we know our spuds and, more importantly, we know how you should care for them and keep them lasting longer!

Below are answers to some of the questions that we get asked quite frequently. If you have any questions not addressed here, please contact us today and we’ll try our best to help.

How Should I Store My Potatoes At Home?

Potatoes bruise easily, so please handle them with care! Once you get home, follow these top storage tips:

  • Choose a well-ventilated, cool and dark place.
  • Avoid high temperatures, such as below sinks or next to appliances.
  • If your storage area is warm, potatoes can be stored in the fridge to help them keep for longer. They are best served boiled if you have stored them this way.
  • If potatoes begin to sprout, you can still cook them. Just remove the eyes or sprouts and cook as normal.
  • If your potatoes have gone green, unfortunately then they should not be eaten.

The only exception to this rule is Jersey Royal Potatoes. Their chemistry is different to most other potatoes and they should always be kept in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Potatoes?

The simple answer is, Yes!

From fresh, you need to blanch your potatoes before freezing. Boil them whole for 4 or 5 minutes, then let them cool. If the potatoes have been fully cooked, you can also freeze any leftovers, though the texture of home made mashed potato may be altered by the process and the mash can become more watery after defrosting. We’d recommend popping the potatoes in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag once they’ve cooled.

It’s also a good idea to pre-portion potatoes before putting them in the freezer, so that you only need defrost enough for 1 meal at a time.  Obviously, you need to finish cooking them when they are defrosted!

Are Wonky Shaped Potatoes Safe To Eat?

Around 100-200 days of care go into cultivating our delicious Albert Bartlett Potatoes. Natural products will vary in size and shape – but they are still fine to eat. Simply cut off any shoots or eyes before cooking.

If your potato skin has blemishes or uneven bits, just peel those off and the potato is fine to eat.

Why Do Potatoes Go Green?

Potatoes can occasionally turn green. This happens when they have been exposed to too much light, causing a chemical reaction in the potato. It produces chlorophyll, which gives the green colour and is harmless, but it also produces solanine, which can give you an upset stomach, so do not eat a potato which is partially or wholly green. That is why potatoes in the field need the soil to be banked up around them and why they are best stored in a cool and dark place when you get them home.