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How to Tell if Potatoes are Bad

Make sure to check your potatoes for freshness and be able to tell when they are going bad!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 164kcal
Author Lisa


  • 1 potato


  • Rinse potatoes under water making sure to scrub away any dirt.
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  • Check for soft spots, dark spots, sprouts, or green color.
    three russet potatoes with sprouts
  • If the potato has little sprouts remove them, then prep potato for your dish. If there is a little green cut that off. If the potato has long spouts, is soft, wrinkled, or has lots of dark spots get rid of it.
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  • Cook your good potatoes anyway you like and enjoy!
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Good potatoes should be free of blemishes, firm, tight skin, and no sprouts, or green coloring. 


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg