Refrigerating Baked Potatoes
My love for potatoes is up till infinity, no matter in what form they are in. I have never met a person in my life who says that he/she doesn’t like potatoes or dishes that are made out of potatoes. Today as we are talking about baked potato so let’s jump straight to the point that how convenient and yummy baked potatoes are.
You can use your oven or microwave pair them up with whatever sort of sauce or butter and have a delicious meal to fill your appetite.
Can We Refrigerate Baked Potatoes?
Our routines have made us busy, and we need to plan everything, even our meals. To bake potatoes before and to save them in the refrigerator to eat later might be a concern. The answer to this question is yes; you can, if you are baking and storing it properly in the recommended temperature range.
Not to worry. We’ll cover everything related to baked potatoes.
Before putting your baked potatoes in the refrigerator, you need to pack them properly. Packing will secure the food from getting contaminated from the bacteria. Also, in the case of potatoes, they tend to pick up smells and flavors from around as they are spongy and porous. To retain the taste of the actual baked potato, you need to pack it in an airtight container or double-layer plastic bag.
Temperature regulation is important not to let the bacterial growth on your food. The temperature of your fridge must be below 40 F, the temperature above it or room temperature promotes the growth of most of the bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.
Best Way To Store Baked Potatoes:
There are many options from which you can avail to store your potatoes. The goal is to protect them from bacteria. Let’s see what the options we have are.
1. Plastic Bags/ Plastic Boxes:
The plastic bags, mostly double layer or the plastic boxes which do not let air or moisture to come out or go in are a good way to store your potatoes. They will limit the contact of oxygen to your food and thus prevent bacterial growth. So you can use either of them.
2. Food Wraps:
Food wraps are the next options. You can have to seal your baked potatoes before putting them in the fridge. If food wraps are used properly, they will seal your food in and will not let the air comes in contact with the food. They can also be reusable.
Shelf Life of Uncooked Potatoes Vs. Cooked Potatoes:
Depending on the type of potato, if left uncooked, can stay for 2 to 4 weeks. If you cook them and put them in the fridge, you can use them within five days, but if you put them in the freezer with proper guidelines, you can store them for six months.
Can We Put The Cooked Potatoes In The Fridge Right After Cooking?
No. You cannot. Neither put cooked potatoes, which are still hot nor any other hot thing. Hot food will increase the temperature of the fridge, which might go up to 40 F and will increase the risk of bacterial growth.
It would help if you quickly cooled the potatoes before storing them in the fridge.
You can divide the potato into smaller portions to cool up quickly.
If you are storing a cooked potato in your fridge using the proper storing method, you can store for 3 to 5 days. In the case of freezing cooked potatoes, you can freeze them for six months.
Reheating Your Refrigerated Potato:
Now that you have cooked pack store a potato on a proper scale. Now its time to take that out and eat it. It would help if you reheated it before eating. For reheating, you can either use an oven or microwave.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, allow the potato to reach 165 F to eat healthily.
- For microwave, put in for one minute. Take out. Repeat for 30 seconds if needed.
Tips Or Tricks To Eat A Healthy Baked Potato:
- Remove the aluminum foil before placing it in the fridge. Potato with the aluminum foil will enhance the growth of botulism bacteria, which can cause serious health issues.
- Do not give more time to a cooked potato at room temperature. Try to cool it fast and put it in the fridge as fast as possible as room temperature will increase the risk of bacteria growing.
- Do not reheat the potato twice. Take the amount out of the fridge that you can easily eat in one sitting. Reheat that and eat that whole. Do not put it back or reheat again. It will not be healthy for you.
- Eat the refrigerated potato within the allowed time. Do not wait for over five days. It will not be good to eat then.
I hope now you know what you needed to know about baked potatoes. Just keep in mind the tricks, and they will help you a lot next time.
Q. Is it necessary to take off the aluminum foil?
Yes, it would help if you took off the aluminum foil right after baking. The aluminum foil and warm temperature will promote the growth of botulism bacteria, which is toxic to health.
Q. For how long can I keep baked potatoes at my room temperature?
After potatoes come out of the oven freshly baked, you should either eat them or freeze them within 2 hours as room temperature promotes bacterial growth.
Q. What is better for whole potatoes? Refrigerating or freezing?
Whole potatoes should be refrigerated instead of freezing. Freezing will turn them into more watery and moist after being thawed.
Q. Which form of potato can I freeze for later use?
To store for a longer time, you should put roasted, mashed, or scalloped potatoes in the freezer, which can last up to 6 months.