How Do You Store Peeled Potatoes? Keep Fresh Overnight

keeping peeled spuds fresh long overnight in fridge

I love potatoes, they are tasty and nutritious, a classic ingredient in many comfort foods. But what I don’t love is peeling them.

I eat potatoes almost every single day, so what I do is I peel a bunch in advance and store them in the fridge. But wait… how do you store peeled potatoes without them going brown? No worries, all you need is a container, water, and some mild acid.

The Best Way to Preserve Freshness – Up To 3 Days

The best way to keep them fresh overnight  is to submerge them in a container of water with some kind of acid like vinegar or lemon juice. Keeping the potatoes underwater will keep them away from oxygen which slows down the oxidization (discoloration) process.

You can cover it and leave it in the fridge like that for 2-3 days. Make sure they stay submerged in the water or else the exposed part of the potato will start oxidizing and go brown. 

4 Quick Tips
1. Rinse your potatoes under cold water after you peel them, this will wash away some of the starches and help slow down the oxidization process.

2. Put as much lemon juice or vinegar as you’d like in the water, usually a tiny splash is good enough.

3. Seal your container with either a lid or a plastic wrap to further keep out the air. The reason potatoes turn color is because of oxidization, which means oxygen gets into contact with the starches which turns it brown.

4. This method will allow your potatoes to store for about 2-3 days without changing in color. If you plan on storing it for multiple days, you should change the water everyday otherwise the water will get murky with starch which will get back into the potatoes and turn them brown.

Leaving It At Room Temperature – Up to 3 Hours

Storing it outside the fridge at room temperature will vastly speed up the discoloration of the potatoes. But if you’re planning on using them for a dish within a short amount of time, then it’s not a problem. You still need to do all the steps mentioned above. Submerge them in water with the acid, and cover it.

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3 thoughts on “How Do You Store Peeled Potatoes? Keep Fresh Overnight

  1. Hey Kent! This is really helpful as it’s something I struggle with. Keeping my produce fresh in general is a struggle. So I was wondering if you had tips on:

    1) Keeping strawberries fresh in the fridge. (Mine go bad after about 2 days in the fridge)

    2) Keeping spinach fresh after the bag is open or a bunch of spinach fresh

    3) Keeping lettuce and other leafy greens fresh

    4) Keeping apples fresh after peeling?


  2. Sham says:

    Hi Marlinda,
    Recently was doing research on how to keep vegetables like spinach, cilantro fresh, for a couple of days in the fridge. It’s amazing was on the net. For vegs, I didn’t wash, just cut the band And open the bunch, choose the good ones and wrap in kitchen towel nicely, then I wrapped in newspaper and put in zip lock bags or ordinary bag you get while buying your vegs. Press the air out and store in the fridge. I opened after 4 days… Wow, they looked fresh, nothing withered or spoilt… I washed, cut and cooked… just search on yahoo or google, and you will see live you tube presentation, for storing everything. Good luck!!

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