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I've purchased a bunch of sweet potatoes but were unable to prepare them.

How long can i store a sweet potatoes before it spoils?

Also, what is the best methods or means of storing sweet potatoes. Are there any difference between storing regular potatoes and sweet potatoes?

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see stilltasty –  Theta30 Jan 16 '12 at 4:10

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Generally, the storage of sweet potatoes is similar to that of actual potatoes. Keep them in a cool, dark, dry place. Let them breathe (i.e. not in a plastic bag).

Your results may depend on the weather (temperature and humidity), but I live where it's hot and humid, and sweet potatoes will easily last two weeks. This is where potatoes may last only about a week or so.

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what if the plastic bag has holes in it? if not plastic bag, then what? –  Theta30 Jan 23 '12 at 2:14
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I just put them on a small wooden shelf I have under my "island" counter-top. They don't need to be in anything, they just sit there. If it's summer and there's a lot of light about, I may cover them with one of my aprons. –  Carmi Jan 23 '12 at 5:27

My parents stored them for months. Sort them removing any damaged or bruised ones and eat those so that you are only storing ones that are not likely to rot quickly. Get a large box - even a cardboard box. Put a layer of fine sand, place the sweet potatoes then cover with sand and put in another layer. Do it gently so you don't bruise any. Exclude light, allow to breath, keep in a cool area and remove only those you want to eat. I am trying to find the source of this method of storage - my grandfather was from Ireland and he used it. My father says it was English when they had walled gardens. We used it in Africa and I remember the sweetpotatoes storing for months.

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Hi Pamela, welcome to this site and thanks for the 'sweet' answer. +1. –  BaffledCook May 6 '12 at 9:57

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