Potatoes are a staple that many dishes just don’t feel complete without. Whether you prefer boiled, roasted, baked, chipped, spiralled or fried, the possibilities of how you can cook them are nearly endless. Despite this, nearly half end up in the bin.
The first task in making sure your produce makes it to the plate is to store it properly. Potatoes should always be kept in the dark, cool place, as exposure to light causes sprouting. Try not to keep them in the fridge, as cold temperatures can affect the starches, turning them into sugars and changing the flavour. If your potatoes came in a plastic bag, it’s best to take them out: these bags trap moisture and cause moulding. You can also try storing with essential oils of clove, spearmint or peppermint: research shows they can slow sprouting, all while making your kitchen smell dreamy.