Potatoes have been used for centuries already, while most people think that potatoes can only be used as food, but there are a lot of ways on how you can use them besides eating them, even if they have already sprouted.
You can use sprouted potatoes for eating, growing potatoes, using them for animal feed, composting, making adhesive, cleaning, removing rust and even power small electrical devices. There are plenty of uses for sprouted potatoes, even if they started to get wrinkly and soft to the touch. Sprouted potatoes are safe to eat as long as you remove the sprouts and the eyes correctly, as these do contain toxins.
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If you have ever stored potatoes long term you have probably already noticed that some of them have sprouted. The main reason why potatoes sprout is because once they get ideal conditions like high humidity, temperature and some sunlight. The best way to store potatoes is in a cold dark basement, but even then you might find that some potatoes will start sprouting. In addition to this if you keep your potatoes close to onions this will actually speed up the sprouting process.
There are a lot of people who actually throw away sprouted potatoes, but if you are serious about your food pantry lasting you as long as it can then you shouldn’t throw them away. Sprouted potatoes are safe to eat as long as you remove the sprouts and the eyes. The sprouts and the eyes do contain toxins like solanine which could lead to headaches, vomiting and even serious health complications to people who have a lowered immune system.
The problem is that while most people will remove the sprouts, they will often forget to remove the eyes and these also contain a lot of toxins. As the potato sprouts, it will start to convert the nutrients and the starch contained in the potato into glucose to fuel the growth of the sprout. Can you eat potatoes that have sprouted and are soft? No, you can not eat potatoes that have sprouted and are soft, as these have lost most of their nutritional value and they will taste fairly bad.
How to remove sprouts from potatoes? You can remove sprouts from potatoes with a sharp kitchen knife, make a small circle in the potato when you are removing them, do not just cut them from the base of the potato stem as some of the stems will actually be inside the potato, so make sure you also remove them. If you want to make a food pantry which contains also preserved food, then my recommendation is to read my latest article How to preserve meat in the wild? ( Top 12 Methods ).
The first thing which you can do with sprouted potatoes is to eat them, sprouted potatoes are safe toe at as long as you remove the eyes and the sprouts. If you find that the potato is wrinkly and soft to the touch then do not eat it. Sometimes sprouted potatoes will not look wrinkly and will not be soft to the touch but they will have a somewhat rotten smell to them. This happens when you haven’t stored them correctly and as it sprouts the potato will actually start to rot, throw it out as it is not good to eat.
While you are peeling the potatoes make sure to remove all the skin as this will give a bitter taste to the potato, especially if the skin of the potato is green. You can store potatoes for a fairly long time, provided that they are in a cool and dark environment. The problem is that some people think that the cooler the temperature is the better it will be preserved, although, with low enough temperatures, the water inside the potato will freeze and once the water melts it will quickly start to rot.
Under no circumstances eat the sprouted potatoes with the sprouts and the eyes of it, as it will make you feel sick. When you are buying potatoes make sure that they are not damaged, if they feel soft to the touch then the rotting process has already started. The problem is that most potatoes from farms end up in supermarkets, where they will get the ideal conditions to sprout. Sometimes they will cut off the sprouts to make them look more appealing but you will still have to remove the eyes once you get home.
Can you eat sprouted potatoes during pregnancy? No, you can not eat sprouted potatoes during pregnancy as these will increase the risk of developing NTDs and OFCs. What is great about potatoes is that you can actually cook them without using any fire or electricity, for more information check out my recent article How to cook food without fire and electricity? ( Top 5 Methods ).
Planting sprouted potatoes is fairly easy, just dig a small hole in the ground and place the sprouted potato inside. Make sure that the sprouts are facing towards up, if the potato has sprouted on all sides then simply cut off some of the sprouts at the base so that only one side of the potato has sprouted. This way the remaining sprouts will get all the energy they need from the potato, just be careful not to cut into the potato as this will damage it, and it will rot in the ground.
Once you have placed the potato in the hole then just cover it up with soil, around 3-5 inches of soil should be enough, anything more than that and the potato sprout will not be able to reach the surface and it will simply rot. Do not step in the ground to compact it, this will only make it harder for the potato sprouts to reach the surface, and you want to make it as easy as possible for the sprout to surface.
As a general rule when you are planting the potato, sprouts make sure that it is dry outside, otherwise, the potato will rot. The best time to plant potatoes is in the spring, I personally plant my potatoes when I see that some of the trees are bulbing. Just keep in mind that if you plant your potatoes too early in the spring then you might get a couple of frosty nights which will most likely destroy most of the potatoes.
Using sprouted potatoes for animal feed
If you have animals, then you can feed your animals with sprouted potatoes. Although you should still remove the sprouts and the eyes of the potatoes as some animals are very sensitive to the toxins which are in the sprouts. If you want to be extra careful, you might also want to boil the potatoes after you have removed the sprouts. You can feed your animals potatoes which do have their skin still on as it is mostly removed because of the bitter taste which it has.
If you like fishing then you could also use these potatoes as bait because the color of the potatoes contrasts the surrounding area when it is in the water, as long as you remove the skin of it. If you have smaller animals then it might be a good idea to dry the sprouted potatoes and to make them into a fine powder or smaller chunks. If you have read my recent article Best bait for fishing in lakes ( Top 14 ), you have probably noticed that I do recommend potatoes for fishing.
Using sprouted potatoes for composting
If you are wondering what to do with soft potatoes and you do not want to throw them out, then you can easily make compost with them. Dig a small hole, put the sprouted potatoes inside and cover them with leaves and other biodegradable materials and scraps from your kitchen. After this just add some water and put a thin layer of dirt on it. If you notice steam coming out of it during the evening or in the morning then you have done a good job and your compost starting to be broken down.
In some cases, you will also notice that the sprouts have come out of the compost, at this point you can either relocate them or let them grow using the nutrients of the compost. Once you want to plant some potato sprouts then you can use the material from the compost and you will see that the potato plants will stat growing extremely fast. Potatoes have a lot of nutrients and starch and this makes them excellent for composting, even if you use green potatoes.
Make adhesive from sprouted potatoes
You can actually make adhesive or glue from sprouted potatoes, potatoes contain a lot of starch which has extremely good adhesive properties. Simply boil the peeled potatoes and crush them into a paste, you could also add some sugar in it to further increase its adhesiveness. Once the potato is almost liquid then you can use it as an adhesive, just do not expect miracles from it as an adhesive.
The starch from potatoes is actually used in a lot of industries as adhesive, although they do add a lot of chemicals to increase the adhesive properties of the starch.
Use sprouted potatoes for cleaning
Yes, you can use potatoes for cleaning, mostly because it has adhesive properties. To clean with potatoes, simply cook them, and once they are cooked, remove them from the dish. You will actually be using the water to clean in which the potatoes were boiled. Place the item which you want to clean in the water and let it be for 10-20 minutes, after which just take it out and dry it with a towel. This is how they actually cleaned coines hundreds of years ago.
You can actually use sprouted potatoes to remove rust, just cut a potato into two pieces and rub the rusted item with the potato. Leve, it like that for around one hour and then get a clean rag and wipe it off, you will notice that the rust will come off very easily, mostly because the potato contains some acids which are great to break down rust.
Power small electrical devices
Potatoes contain some electrical energy that could power a small device, generally speaking, the more potatoes you link together the higher voltage they can produce. The problem is that this energy drains extremely fast, but it should be enough to power a small watch or other small electrical devices. Just don’t expect to be able to power your smartphone with it as that will require a lot more energy than a potato.
There are a lot of uses for a sprouted potato, while most people will simply throw them out, but if you want to have a self-sustaining way of life then you will have to use everything even to recycle some of your potatoes by making compost from it.