The Secret to Keeping Potatoes Fresh Longer 

Storing potatoes properly is key to preventing spoilage, but onions don't cause them to go bad.

Keep potatoes in a cool, dry spot away from light and heat sources.

Store them in a paper bag with proper air circulation.

Onions don't affect potato spoilage; both are low ethylene producers.

However, potatoes are sensitive to ethylene and can absorb odors from onions in unventilated conditions.

Ethylene is a natural gas that aids ripening but can accelerate spoilage in sensitive produce.

Ethylene exposure increases respiration rates, leading to nutrient and flavor loss, shortening shelf life.

Food producers and handlers take measures to control ethylene levels before products reach stores.