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Post by amybyrd21 on Tue May 26, 2009 10:25 am

We are growing potatoes for the first time this year and had problems with our onions last year (to much moisture) How do you go about keeping them for long term use. We know how to braid the onions and all but last year they started to rot on us before they were all used up. I have heard of puting lime on the potaotes but do not know how much and if you really want to do that. Any suggestions would be great
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Post by Sonshine on Tue May 26, 2009 10:55 am

My Dad always sprinkled lime on his potatoes. You need to put them on something like a pallet, so air can circulate around them.

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Post by Parsons Wife on Tue May 26, 2009 11:36 am

The lime helps to keep them from sprouting. However, potatoes are hard to keep for any length of time unless you have a nice, cool, dark root cellar. we plant them each year, usually a red variety and kennebecs. While I'm not a fan of canned potatoes, I usually end up canning some just because they'll go to waste if I don't.
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Post by Sonshine on Tue May 26, 2009 11:41 am

You can also dehydrate potatoes and onions

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Post by amybyrd21 on Tue May 26, 2009 9:59 pm

Yeah you can make pre packaged soups in a jar with them. I even have the recipe for that onion soup you buy in the store ssome where. You can give the soups as a gift and make them look pretty by layering them. Have tons of the jar gift recipes for cookies, cakes, soups ect.... How about keeping the potatoes in the barn loft is some hay. It is dark up there, dry, and the animals do not get up there. I think I could get a pallet from hubbies work. All I have to worry about is my chicken snake laying up there and he is harmless to us.
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Post by Sonshine on Tue May 26, 2009 10:05 pm

Does the loft stay cool? They need to stay as cool as possible.

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Post by amybyrd21 on Tue May 26, 2009 10:07 pm

It was in the shade all day until the cedar tree fell. I will have to check it out and see. It gets hot if you are moving hay around lol. I have wooden crates that Rebekka just mentioned the old timey ones that have gaps in the sides too.
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Post by Sonshine on Tue May 26, 2009 10:10 pm

From what I have seen and heard, they need to stay cool, dry and in a dark place with room for air to circulate all the way around. My Dad use to keep ours under the house on a pallet. They lasted most of the year, but towards the end of the year they would start to feel soft, but still edible.

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Post by Parsons Wife on Tue May 26, 2009 10:46 pm

Yep, all that is necessary. I can't imagine a hay loft would work.
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Post by amybyrd21 on Wed May 27, 2009 12:50 am

Ok I will send hubby into the pit under the house and put a pallet down in it for him to put them there. lol He is going to love that. They are blooming right now and have little potatoes under them about the size of a golfball.
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Post by Feather on Thu May 28, 2009 10:47 am

If it turns out it's too damp or not cool enough under the house and they start to go soft from sitting on the pallet, another alternative is is to put them in buckets of clean, dry sand. A thick layer of sand first, then a layer of potatoes covered with another thick layer of sand, more potatoes, more sand. It's not advisable to do more than 3 layers of veggies to each bucket. You can do the same thing with onions and any other root vegetables. The sand will have a very slight dehydrating effect but will help keep them preserved.
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Post by squeezinby on Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:35 am

I've even went so far as to tie potatoes up in panty hose and hang them up. You take aold panty hose(clean of course) put a tater in the leg and push it to the toe,strech the leg and tie a knot and then put another tater in,and so on until you get to the end of the leg and tie it off. Then hang it up. It keeps the taters from touching and causing moistur to build up and that is what starts the rotting process. You'd be supprised as to how many you can fit in a pair of hose. Of course I did this with my store baught taters.

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Post by Mrs. Homesteader on Thu Jun 04, 2009 7:54 am

We don't have a basement or a root cellar. I put the potatoes in banana boxes since they have so many holes. I put them up on crates under the counter in my pantry. I made a curtain to go around it. The pantry stays really cold. In fact for a lot of the winter, I have to run a small milk house heater to keep it just above freezing so my jars won't break. Our stayed until well into March. I kept the ones that started getting wrinkly and planted them.
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Post by Sonshine on Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:10 am

I'm going to try the panty hose method. Smile

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