Steet potatoes are one of the most consumed crops in the United States. It is from the family or potatoes, due to genetic variations and certain environmental factors, the sweet potato we know today was formed.
Curing The Potatoes
The process to cure and store sweet potatoes is similar to that or a potato. After the crop is ready which takes about 180 days, it needs to be cured. Since it grows in the soil, it needs to be cleaned properly because it can carry multiple diseases and can’t be sold or consume in that state.
For a start, we don’t need to clean the sweet potatoes properly. After taking them out of the soil, dust the crop and make sure you get rid of all the primary dust particles. This needs to be done with maximum caution; you have to make sure you don’t get them wet. Keeping them dry is important.
Now we need to cure the crop. For this part, you have to stay very cautious. Ideal conditions for this process are 80% humidity and 80 degrees temperature. This atmosphere needs to be maintained for 1-2 weeks to cure them properly. It’s completely understandable if you don’t have these conditions available, they can be generated with a device called a humidifier.
Storing The Crop
The sweet potatoes aren’t quite ready yet, but we are already halfway through the process of storing. At the current time, the crop won’t be sweet.
Next process is drying the sweet potatoes. There is special industrial equipment do this job, but they aren’t the best option for a small crop. Instead, we are going to discuss a much cheaper and efficient solution. If you grew sweet potatoes, I don’t have a very humid atmosphere around you. In this case, all we need to do is pack the sweet potatoes in boxes and put them in a closed room for 2-3 weeks.
After this process is complete; The crop should be sweet, sellable and consumable.
Best Ways To Store
To make this easier, I suggest you sort the crop bases on sizes first.
There are several factors that need to be taken care of while storing sweet potatoes.
The crop needs fresh air to stay fresh. While choosing a container to store them it, make sure it has ventilation holes, or you will end up ruining the crop.
You can keep the crop in that container and not worry about it for a long time.
If you have bugs in your house, I recommend wearing each sweet potato with paper. This will prevent direct contact of bugs with the crop.
You can keep them in any closed room where they won’t have to face many atmospheric changes.
Your sweet potatoes are now safely stored.