Although it’s tempting to store them in the fridge, this actually accelerates the process of turning starch into sugar, affecting the flavour and texture - and not in a good way.
Instead, keeping them in a nice dry spot in your cupboard will keep them fresher for longer is recommended. However, if you want to delay the appearance of sprouts, add an apple in the mix.
Apples give off ethylene gas, and while this normally has a ripening effect on other fruits and vegetables the same cannot be said for potatoes.
A study published in the Journal of the American Society for Horticulture Science found, “ethylene delayed the appearance of sprouts for 5 to 15 weeks, compared with untreated tubers.”
This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.