Freezing, canning and drying are all effective ways to preserve food. All of these methods are useful for extending the shelf life of many kinds of fresh foods, including fruits, meats and herbs.
Preserving food extends the life of products, promotes environmental sustainability, reduces costs when people purchase canning products in bulk and raises awareness of different types of fruits and vegetables. Preserved food lasts longer than fresh produce, refrigerated items and frozen goods. Once
According to HowStuffWorks, food preservation slows down the activity of disease-causing bacteria or kills bacteria in food altogether. Preserving food keeps it from spoiling too quickly, allowing it to last for weeks or even months longer than it does normally.
Burlap bags, wicker baskets and paper grocery bags are great ways to store potatoes long term. If kept in a dry dark place, potatoes can last two to three months from harvest.
Potatoes should be stored in a cool and dry place that receives as little light as possible. Many people use potato bins or boxes and keep them below a countertop or in a cellar. Too much light can cause potatoes to turn green.
Grow potatoes by planting seed potatoes 4 or 6 inches deep in well-drained, fertile soil during early spring, and pile new soil around the plants every time the stems reach about 8 inches in height. This process is called hilling, and it produces lots of potatoes in a very small area.
A potato that is sprouting can be planted in order to grow more potatoes, according to GrowVeg.com. Potatoes that haven't started sprouting, however, are dormant and won't grow until dormancy has been broken.
Plant potatoes in an area of the garden where they will receive full sun, in the early spring. Never plant any kind of potato when the temperature will dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit and grow them in rows, at least 3 feet apart.
Preserving nature is important because the biodiversity of the planet, including the human race, is dependent upon properly functioning natural processes. Without a healthy natural environment, most life would cease to exist, according to Mother Nature Network.
The best way to keep potatoes fresh and sprout-free is by storing them in a perforated paper or linen-cotton vegetable bag or in a basket in a dark, cool and ventilated place. Potatoes should not be kept in a sealed or airtight container.